The snowmaking effort at Elver Park is connected with plans to relocate the Madison Winter Festival from the Capitol Square to the west-side park in February.
For the past several years, organizers of the Winter Festival have made big piles of artificial snow near Willow Island at Alliant Energy Center, trucked it downtown on Friday night for the weekend events and then plowed it all away by Monday morning.
Now, instead of just using that snow for only two days, we can provide skiing all winter while still having the festival.
While moving the Winter Festival away from downtown will end the thrill of skiing around the Square, officials say the Elver Park venue is well-suited to a family-friendly event.
We are excited to see this fun, vibrant event come to Elver Park and the [west] side. Elver offers everything you could want for winter fun, from skating to serene ski trails, and, of course, the giant sledding hill. With plenty of parking and easy access right off the Beltline, we think the Winter Festival is going to enjoy its new home.