It would be great to see small cafes/restaurant in some of Madison's wonderful parks. Imagine being able to get a coffee/ice cream/sandwich/drink at Tenney, James Madison, Olbrich, Brittingham, etc then being able to sit on a nice patio and enjoy the parks. Milwaukee has several highly successful examples of local businesses operating in parks, drawing more people/activity to parks and creating a revenue stream for the parks department. Alterra on the Lake, Northpoint (Bartolotta's) and the new Estabrook Park beer garten are some examples in Milwaukee that are very popular.
Response: The Parks Division recently created a Request for Proposal to seek interest of small business to vend in unused park facilities. The efffort resulted in a new vendor in Brittingham Park. The Parks Division will again issue a Request for Proposal to seek interest at Marshall, Olbrich and James Madison Parks.