• Welcome
  • Submitted Photos
  • Park Closure Dates
    Updated for 2020
  • Park Use Permits
  • FAQ & More
  • Winter Snow Clearing
Welcome to the Quann Off-leash Dog Park website. This site was created by a community of dog walkers who are working to preserve and improve Madison's only large, centrally located off-leash dog walking area.

This site is dedicated to the sport of dog walking, that is to people and their dogs who love walking off-leash and enjoying the exercise and companionship that enriches the lives of both dogs and their humans. We believe that off-leash dog walking is an underestimated activity in the city of Madison, and we would like to bring public attention to the thousands of humans and their canine companions who walk in the streets and parks of Madison daily.


Because we are such an important part of the daily life of the city, we are here to remind the city and the parks department that we need clean, well-maintained places to walk with our dogs, and that we need our dog parks to be secure and stable.

Support Quann dog park by purchasing your annual Dog Park Permit from the city of Madison!

Call for photos: We've been updating the website and need some new photos of Quann dog park.  The original photos were taken before the fencing!  I'm especially looking for photos that show entrances, long views including fences, other features such as the creek section, dogs playing around picnic tables etc.  Pictures of dogs playing, running through tall grass, etc are also encouraged.  I'd absolutely love a picture of a hunting breed dog full out running!  Please send photos to Stephen or Barb. Please include the word Quann Photos in the subject line.

Photos Submitted:

Call for photos:

We've been updating the website and need some new photos of Quann dog park.  The original photos were taken before the fencing!  I'm especially looking for photos that show entrances, long views including fences, other features such as the creek section, dogs playing around picnic tables etc.  Pictures of dogs playing, running through tall grass, etc are also encouraged.  I'd absolutely love a picture of a hunting breed dog full out running!  Please send photos to Stephen or Barb. Please include the word Quann Photos in the subject line.

In 2019 a new interior fence was installed in Quann park so that more of Quann Dog Park is open 365 days a year.

The interior gate fences are locked and unlocked by City of Madison Parks staff, not the AEC. The creek corridor and the western section will remain open for most AEC events (unless noted) and can be reached via Wingra Creek Parkway/Goodman Facility parking lot. The larger eastern section is closed frequently for Alliant Energy Center Events.

During AEC events the gates in the interior fence are locked so that there is no access to the western section or creek corridor from the Quann tennis court parking lot unless you walk outside along the fenceline to the Quann bike path. Some events may close Expo Way and/or the Quann parking lot without closing the park.

Be sure to review the schedule of events that prevent use in the eastern part of the park.


The best way to stay informed about changes to this event list:

  1. Join Quann4Dogs@Groups.io and get emails announcing closure dates, and/or
  2. View the Quann Dog Park Calendar in your browser by going to the quann4dogs@groups.io website. The calendar is viewable without joining the group.

2020 Alliant Energy Center events using Quann Park

All event dates and availability are subject to change.

Due to Covid 19 the 2020 schedule is changing frequently. Please check the calendar for updates.

City of Madison Quann Park Page

Name of event and actual event dates if different from expected closure dates EASTERN Section Expected CLOSURE Dates
  • No access to west section and creek corridor from Quann tennis court parking lot.
  • The Quann Dog Park Creek Corridor and west section are always open unless specified.
Midwest Horse Fair
Cancelled
Cancelled
Hot Rod Power Tour Cancelled
Golden Age Games Cancelled
National Jr. Red Angus
June 28 – July 5
Sunday, June 28 – Friday, July 10 Additional ingress & egress days for cleanup likely. TBD
CrossFit
Cancelled
Cancelled
Bubble Run
August 22
Friday, Aug 21 – Saturday, August 22
Possible closure pre and post event for setup & takedown TBD
Brat Fest Friday, Aug 28 – Sunday, Aug 31
World Dairy Expo
Sept 29 – Oct 3
Thursday, September 24 – Friday, October 9
Additional ingress & egress days for cleanup likely. TBD
More than Pink Walk Saturday, Oct 17
7am-2pm
Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 26
6AM – Noon

View the Quann Dog Park Calendar in your browser

Park Use Permits: It's that time of year again to renew your dog park permits (and licenses) for next year. Just remember that if you want to support Quann dog park and the other CITY of Madison dog parks with your permit fee, you need to buy the permit from the city, not the county. Each entity keeps the money they collect.
  • You can find instructions on the city website for applying for permits and licenses online.
  • Permit application forms are also available at the kiosks in the park.
  • Or you can download the Dog Park Brochure which includes an application form and a list of vendors that sell the permits.

Winter snow clearing plans:

  1. Main entrances. Parks Rangers will help to clear snow from the two double gated entries at Quann dog park. Rangers have been scheduled to clear snow first thing in the morning. Because of the unpredictable timing of any snow fall, they are asking us to continue to help out. It is much harder to clear the snow if it has become packed down. So if you are able, please help shovel if you get there before staff. Parks has provided a snow shovel and a pail of sand at each entrance. Feel free to use the sand around the entries if snow or ice makes them slippery.

    Please avoid forcing the gates through or over snow as this often unhinges the gate or twists the hinges making the gate unusable. It is unacceptable to force open a gate and fail to get it closed again.

  2. Single gates entrances. Volunteers are still needed to shovel out the single gated entries. Quann4Dogs has provided shovels at these entries which include:

    The single gate off the Quann tennis court parking lot
    The gate at the south-west corner off the bike path
    The gate between the large field and the creek corridor

    Please help if you are able. If those gates are not cleared either don't use them, or pick up the shovel and help out. Note - no parking is allowed at any of the gates along Quann-Olin Parkway or on the grass edge along the road, so I have not put any shovels by these gates. If you walk to one of these entrances and are willing to shovel it out please let me know and I can put a shovel there for your use.

Typical years. Parks staff plow the path in the creek corridor and they need better control of the vehicle gates to make this efficient. Park staff will lock the vehicle gates in the open position when snowfall is expected. Once the plowing is completed, staff will remove the locks so the gates can be closed. PLEASE do not try to close the gates when the padlocks are in place. Lack of cooperation could result in the path not getting plowed at all. This is our handicapped accessible path and when we get deep snow this may be the only area many other people can handle.

Off-leash use of the creek corridor north of the bridge is allowed at all times, whether the gates are open or closed. Use CAUTION when using the creek corridor. Remember that the gate on the Olin Ave end will also be open! Once the creek freezes over, it is possible for dogs to escape to the other side or around the ends of the fencing even when the gates are closed.

Happy Winter!
Barb

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