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Posted on: March 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department COVID-19 Response

Parks and Park Facilities
As the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) increases, the Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is dedicated to protecting the health of our community.

All athletic facilities are closed effective March 19, 2020.  The Pet Exercise Area will also be closed and locked until further notice.

Park shelter rentals, park athletic facility rentals, Westside Community Services Building rentals, special events, and organized sports and recreation program activities through April 17, 2020 have been cancelled.

Reservations for facilities will be taken for events that take place after May 15, 2020.

While information is continuing to evolve, SPPRF also recommends avoiding use of playgrounds at this time.  Signage will be posted to serve as a reminder.

SPPRF recommends that park visitors bring hand sanitizer with them.  While at the park, it is important to maintain social distancing.  Older adults, pregnant individuals and those with weakened immune systems and underlying health conditions that are at increased risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are encouraged to take extra precautions.  By minimizing non-essential contact, we can help slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. 

To stay up-to-date on coronavirus (COVID-19), visit Public Health Madison & Dane County’s website:


Program credits for cancelled programs/missed classes

All programs, classes and events through April 17 have been cancelled.  SPPRF will be issuing program credits to users’ RecPro accounts for classes missed through April 17.  Users should check their RecPro accounts after Friday, March 20, 2020 to confirm a credit was posted.

SPPRF Office
SPPRF staff is telecommuting when possible and will still be available by phone or e-mail at (608) 837-3449 or  Please bear with us if your phone call is not answered immediately as we have a limited team with access to our main line.  Please leave us a message and we will return your call within 48 hours.  Staff is regularly checking the e-mail account.

All in-person services have been suspended until further notice.  We highly encourage participants to take advantage of our online registration system, RecPro.  You may register for programs by visiting  Please call our office or send us an e-mail if you have any questions or are experiencing any issues accessing your account.

SPPRF is no longer requiring shelter and building reservations to be made in person.  Effective immediately, reservation requests may be made online by visiting and selecting the “Facility Availability” button under the “Rentals/Reservations” tab on the menu bar.  Requestors will be notified of the status of their reservation request within five (5) business days of the submission of their request.

Updated Registration Dates
On Friday, April 10, the 2020 Summer Fun Guide will be available online at or on the Department Facebook Page at

While SPPRF highly encourages people to download a copy of the guide, limited quantities of hard copies will be available at City Hall and inside the vestibule area at the Westside Community Services Building. 

Eventually, hard copies will also be available at the Colonial Club, Public Library, and Chamber of Commerce.  The date in which Summer Fun Guides will be delivered to these locations is to be determined.

Our 2020 Summer Registration Dates have changed from what was originally published.  Our new dates are:

  • Wednesday, April 15, 9:00 am: Online for Sun Prairie Residents (all programs except swimming lessons) begins
  • Thursday, April 16, 8:00 am:  Fax, mail, e-mail and drop box registration for Sun Prairie Residents begins (no in-person registrations will be taken until further notice)
  • Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 am:  All registration methods for non-residents begins
  • Wednesday, April 29, 9:00 am:  All registration methods for session 1 swim lesson registration for residents begins
  • Friday, May 1, 9:00 am:                All registration methods for session 1 swim lesson registration for non-residents begins

Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum
The SPHLM will be closed through Friday, April 17, 2020, tentatively.  Museum staff is available by e-mail at and is regularly checking e-mails.  The main line, (608) 825-0837, is not being monitored on a regular basis.  Staff is encouraging e-mail communication as the museum voicemail is being monitored intermittently until further notice.

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