Anderson Park Friends, Inc.

2023 Annual Meeting: September 20, 2023

Anderson Park Friends, Inc. are celebrating their 10th year by conducting the 2023 annual meeting on September 20, 2023.

A short business meeting will elect a President and Treasurer and will be followed by two featured speakers.

Dr. Brian Arndt, Board Member, Madison Area Food Pantry Garden Association, will discuss the future of food pantry gardens in Dane County.

Ms. Joleen Stinson, Director, Dane County Parks Division will provide updates and comments abou a vision for future park development.

September 20, 2023
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Town of Oregon Hall
1138 Union Road, Oregon, WI 53575

A current, paid, membership is required to vote in APF Board elections. Family memberships are entitled to 2 votes by adults. Business memberships are entitled to 2 adult votes. Nonprofit organization members are entitled to 2 adult votes.  Single and student memberships have one vote. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda will include:

A. Election of the APF President and Treasurer (3 year terms)
B. Brian Arndt, Board Member, Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens Association
C. Roe Parker, President, Anderson Park Friends, Inc.
D. Ms. Joleen Stinson, Director, Dane County Parks Departmernt
E. Networking Time
Please R.S.V.P. via the APF Calendar..

Light snacks will be served.

The meeting is open to the public.

Food Pantry Garden - R.S.V.P. Today
We Plant, We Grow, We Feed

Join us in the pantry garden. Your help is needed. Mark your calendar and R.S.V.P. today via our calendar for a 2-hour shift. Volunteers can also work on their own schedule separate from group events.

Garden Update: We are now in a phase of harvesting vegetables, watering, and light weeding. This is a crucial stage as vegetables need weed-free space and need to be harvested on a specific timetable. Our goal is to provide fresh, not rotten vegetables to the three pantries we support-Oregon, Belleville, and Verona.

With enough volunteers, we can expand into a second season crop of cool weather vegetables. Last year’s crop was a tremendous success.

Work is seasonal and dependent on the weather and conditions. The garden will close for the season around November 1st.

APF will provide orientations and all equipment. Feel free to bring your own equipment.

Any inclement weather decisions are made at the garden (805 Union Road), just before the start time. Dress for the weather and wet/dry conditions. Leather shoes and gloves are recommended.

For more information, call Roe Parker at 608-835-3580 or Barbara Hill, at 608-835-9090.

Fairies Are Back!

Fairy DoorThe fairies have come back to Anderson Farm County Park! They are sitting outside their doors, just waiting for you to come visit with them.

Come out to the park and enjoy the Woodland Fairy Trail in the Arthur Sholts Memorial Forest. Search for the 14 fairy doors. Spot ‘em, and connect with the fairies to conjure up some magic. Don't forget....stop by the mailbox at the Main Street entrance to pick up a list of Fairy Doors and Rock Art.

What is a Fairy Door?

Fairy doors are little doors (art objects). Many are colorful and include small, detailed objects.

Why Fairy Doors at the Park?

It creates an opportunity to engage the whole family ((and kids of all ages) in some exercise. Recent research points out that walking and group activities have been shown to improve stress resilience and lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Anderson Farm County Park was established in 2014 and is a passive recreation park in the Dane County Parks system.  The park is approximately 310 acres and is a mix of woodland, prairies, and agricultural fields. Other features include rain and pollinator gardens as well as a bluebird trail.

The park is located at:

- Forest & Prairie Parking:             914 Union Road 
- Dog Park Parking:                        804 Union Road
                                                        Oregon, WI 53575

Anderson Farm County Park was established in 2014 and is located just south of the Village of Oregon. The park is approximately 310 acres of woodland, agricultural fields, and restored prairies. The park offers a network of woodland hiking trails through the Arthur Sholts Memorial Woods, a 36 acre off-leash dog park (including a 2.5 acre small dog area) with limestone trails through restored prairie, and community garden plots. A central paved bike trail connects the Dog Park with the Memorial Woods and the Village of Oregon. Hiking trails border agricultural fields throughout the park.

The park is named after the Lyman F. Anderson Family farmstead that was founded at the site in 1886. Lyman F. Anderson, who passed away in 2005, was a former County Board Supervisor and also served in the Wisconsin State Legislature.

For more photos of this park, visit our Flickr album.

Dog Park (Link to map:

A 35-acre dog park is accessible (with a permit) from 804 Union Road. The dog park includes areas for large and small dogs. An electrical charging station and a vault toilet are available. An additional features include a 7,000 native plant drainage basin and a 10 tree community orchard.

Anderson Park Friends, Inc. is an award winning 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization working with the Dane County Parks Division to develop, protect, preserve, and enhance beautiful Anderson Farm County Park. The park is in Phase 1 of the master plan.  Our organization is comprised of over 210 members living in Oregon, Brooklyn, and the surrounding townships-Towns of Oregon, Rutland, and Dunn.

The development of the park has a Master Plan. Click here to read the Master Plan.

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Roe Parker, President
1560 Partridge Hill Drive
Oregon, WI 53575
[email protected]