Donation to improve accessibility along shoreline at Dane County park

Babcock County Park
Image shows part of the shoreline at Babcock County Park in Dane County.
Dane County Parks

McFARLAND, Wis. — A Dane County Park that hosts fishing events for veterans and those with disabilities will get a new accessible fishing pier thanks to a $25,000 donation, according to a release by the County Executive’s office.

The money will replace the existing ADA accessible fishing pier at Babcock County Park,which is located on the east side of Lake Waubesa near the Village of McFarland on U.S. Highway 51.

The park’s lake access site is one of the most highly used on the Madison Chain of Lakes, the release said. It offers fishing opportunities, a kayak landing and boat loading assistance station for people with all abilities.

“Dane County is committed to providing residents and visitors of all ages and abilities the opportunity to access our incredible outdoor spaces,” County Executive Joe Parisi said in the release.

Parisi announced a multi-year program to create accessible shoreline fishing at county parks in the 2019 budget. A number of Dane County’s piers are ADA complaint, but ten locations need improvements, Parisi said.

Work to advance the county’s ADA Accessible Fishing Pier initiative has already begun at Salmon Pond, Babcock and Lussier County Parks. Funding for the program was doubled to $200,000 in the 2020 budget, the release said.

A resolution authorizing the $25,000 donation is expected to be approved by the County Board in the coming weeks, Parisis said.