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Meet our new ranger

Jessica Bauer is our new ranger at Hoyt Park for the summer of 2015. She started in mid-May but her official ranger shirt just came in so she'll be easy to recognize.

She's excited about working in the park this summer and has several projects she wants to get started. Say hello to her if you see her.


Hoyt Park Year in Review 2014

Did you know that in 2000, the invasive tree buckthorn covered 89% of Hoyt Park? True. Now, that same invasive's presence has been reduced to 44%. How do we know these numbers? From our ranger Danny Volz's tree survey that he conducted over the summer. And how did buckthorn's presence get reduced from 89% to 44%? "Buckthorn busting" as Danny noted in his 2014 Hoyt Park Ranger Report.

Danny and Mandy get married in Hoyt ParkYes, we were lucky to get Danny back for a second stellar return engagement as our Park Ranger, and he did great job. Oh, did I say "return engagement" for Danny? Better yet, he and his fiance Mandy were married in the park last August!

Danny's other accomplishments include, but are not limited to: public outreach, graffiti control, helping enforce park rules, treating and removing invasive species, adding or fixing trail water bars. In the coming year, we would like to try some new things: for example month bird walks led by volunteers, doing trail improvements, putting in interpretive sings related to geology, quarry history or invasive species management.

The Friends of Hoyt Park have an excellent relationship with the City of Madison, which is finishing up the replacing the fence that goes along the quarry's upper ledge and is working with a contractor to do some concrete work on the stairs that got washed out a bit last summer.

Well, as they say, we couldn't do it without you, so please renew your membership and perhaps kick a bit more than usual to make sure that we can continue to do what we do.

Membership Renewal

Please renew your membership to FHP for calendar year 2015 or become a member using our membership form. Your volunteer and financial support helps maintain the award winning activities of FHP so that you may enjoy a great neighborhood park. We encourage you to check the box for emailing newsletters so more of your donation goes to Park projects.

Holiday Giving

Make your generosity count this holiday season. Please give to The Friends of Hoyt Park. All donations are tax deductible. Mail to: FHP, Inc., P O Box 5542, Madison WI 53705-0542.

Dott Memorial

Dott Memorial stoneProf. Robert and Nancy Dott, two stalwarts and original members of the Friends of Hoyt Park have been honored with a boulder, this to be found in the north end of the park in the old quarry. Baraboo quartzite it is, just like the stone found at Devil's Lake. It should also be noted that FHP member, and former student of Prof. Dott, was instrumental in getting this project done. Go for a walk in the park and take a look.

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Map of Hoyt Park

The map will be available at the information kiosk in the park by the main parking lot, but you may also download a copy of the pdf file here

Mark Your Calendar

Summer Picnic

July 11, 2015
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
lower shelter (Roy's)

2015 Board Meetings

Thursday, January 8
Thursday, February 12
Thursday, March 12
Thursday, April 9
Thursday, May 14
Thursday, June 11
Thursday, July 9
Thursday, September 10
Thursday, October 8
Thursday, November 12

The FHP Board meets every month, except August and December, on the 2nd Thursday of the month in the meeting room at Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). All members and concerned citizens are welcome. There is a standing agenda item for public comments. Meeting minutes and other documents are kept in folders at the Library.


FHP t-shirts are available at the annual meeting and picnic. To order a t-shirt, contact Jean MacCubbin at 238-4863.

Available at the Annual Meeting

  • adult long-sleeve - $20
  • adult short-sleeve - $16
  • children short-sleeve - $12


FHP note cards made from the Ann Rutecki painting make great gifts or use them for holiday cards. FHP note cards are available at Century House and the Parks Divison office and are available at the annual meeting. A package of 6 cards is $10. LAST CHANCE! Only 8 packets left.

Ann Rutecki print note cards
Become a member by filling out a 2015 Membership Form (pdf).

FHP Newsletters

Fall 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

Spring 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

Fall 2013 Newsletter (pdf)

Spring 2013 Newsletter (pdf 536kb)

Fall 2012 Newsletter (pdf 167kb)

Spring 2012 Newsletter (pdf 360kb)

Fall 2011 Newsletter (pdf 207kb)

Spring 2011 Newsletter (pdf 285kb)

Fall 2010 Newsletter (pdf 171kb)

Spring 2010 Newsletter (pdf 438kb)

Fall 2009 Newsletter (pdf 216kb)

Summer 2009 Newsletter - special edition (pdf 107kb)

Spring 2009 Newsletter (pdf 534kb)

Fall 2008 Newsletter (pdf 191kb)

Spring 2008 Newsletter (pdf 1.7mb)

Fall 2007 Newsletter (pdf 258kb)

Spring 2007 Newsletter (pdf 260kb)

Fall 2006 Newsletter (pdf 190kb)

Spring 2006 Newsletter (pdf 278kb)

Fall 2005 Newsletter (pdf 188kb)

Spring 2005 Newsletter (pdf 241kb)

Fall 2004 Newsletter (pdf 173kb)

Spring 2004 Newsletter (pdf 364kb)

FHP Ranger Reports

Summer 2014 (pdf)

Summer 2013 (pdf)

Summer 2012 (pdf 324kb)

Summer 2011 (pdf 119kb)

Summer 2010 (pdf 129kb)

Summer 2009 (pdf 67kb)

Summer 2008 (pdf 25kb)

Summer 2007 (pdf 56kb)

Summer 2006 (pdf 75kb)

FHP More Documents

Hoyt Park Area Joint Neighborhood Plan

Historic Hoyt Park: A Future Plan (pdf 249kb) (does not include Appendix 1 and 2 at this time)

FHP Bylaws (pdf 577kb)

2015 Membership Form (pdf 60kb)