MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation

MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation


Paper mosaics project
Posting for Saturday Aug 15 2020

Aug 11 2020
Tenney Park Locks
Photo of the pier after the sunset
Taken from a MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation pontoon boat
Aug 11 2020
Sunburst at the Tenney Park Locks
I shot this from a MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation pontoon boat that I was on, as we were coming into the locks

Shot with a Canon EOS 80D and Canon EF-S 10-18mm lens
On the evening of August 11th 2020, I went out onto Lake Mendota via the pontoon boat operated by the MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation. This is a shot of Picnic Point (post sunset). The skies were gorgeous.

Shot with a Canon EOS 80D and Canon EF-S 10-18mm lens
Another shot of August 11th 2020 on Lake Mendota on the MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation pontoon boat, post sunset

Shot with a Canon EOS 80D and Canon EF-S 10-18mm
1st Quarantine 19 Challenge participant has crossed the finish line with walking and biking over the last 3 days. Way to go, Wendy Murkve!

There's still time to register and participate.
Do you have any information about summer programming? If not, do you know when you will?
Quarantine week #3!! Keeping the routine going... won't you join me?! :) In partnership with MSCR I'm offering these classes for free!

Tomorrow's lineup:

8:30am Strength Training (55 mins)

9:30am Zumba® (I think I finally got the sound working... yay :) ) (55 mins)

10:30am Basic Corrective Stretching (20-30 mins)

Register here if you haven't already!
Will the fitness classes starting in April be postponed because of the virus ? Thanks!
Who do must of the classes start at 330 when kids do not get out until 3:40 now?
I have to say trying to register for MSCR swimming classes is one of the most frustrating experiences I have to deal with 3 times a year.

MSCR is Madison's public recreation provider offering a variety of programs - afterschool, arts, enrichment, sports, fitness, swimming, camps & more!

MSCR is the public recreation provider for the Madison, WI community, offering a wide range of recreation programs and services for all ages.

Operating as usual

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 04/13/2022

What a great way to learn about each other's jobs - our work teams held lunch time "try its" to learn about our programs and each other!


We are so excited to announce that we are providing swim lessons and aquatic exercise classes at @madisonparkswi Goodman Pool this summer! Registration is open for this outdoor pool!


What an eggciting night the kids had at the flashlight egg hunt!


"Building long-lasting, healthy relationships with kids," is what Andrea Braganza, director of MSCR Afterschool at Lowell Elementary, likes best about her job. She has worked for MSCR full time since September 2021.

Her role is working to run smooth afterschool and Summer Recreation & Enrichment Center elementary programs to ensure a fun, safe environment. A typical day includes getting children ready for a snack, recess, then an activity. What inspires her are "kids who face adversity with a smile on their face," Braganza says.

Previously she was an MSCR assistant director and program leader for six years. Working at Gompers Elementary in summer 2019 was most memorable, she says.

Being accepted into college is Braganza's biggest accomplishment. She's studying for a bachelor's degree in community advocacy and a minor in social policy. She holds a certificate in disability social justice.

Outside of work, she enjoys church missionary work, painting and is "a pretty good cook." Traveling, retail therapy are other favorite activities.

Lowell Elementary


Thank you to our MSCR Orchard Ridge Elementary School Afterschool program for helping with our new Inclusion Services training videos!


We are gearing up for Pontoon season! The crew held a training and our volunteers are excited to embark this spring!


“I enjoy working for MSCR because I get to meet different people and have a new experience in life. Also I can make a difference helping kids out after school that need help,“ says Athena McNeal, MSCR Afterschool assistant director at Mendota Elementary School.


Black & Brown Cultures Sacred Space Yoga -Interested in exploring the practices of yoga in a safe and nurturing space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color? Each class includes postures accessible to all levels as well as time for exploring ways to use breath and meditation for wellbeing. Participants are invited to stay after class to connect with others, share yoga resources and build community. Free for all. Please pre-register at Mat &/or towel optional No experience necessary.

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 04/06/2022

Zoozort Live Animal Programs visited MSCR Afterschool at Emerson Elementary this week, and the students had a "wild" time getting to know more about animals and their environments.

Emerson Elementary School


Summer MSCR Kickball Leagues are forming now -- with team registration April 4-22. These fun, outdoor games start May 31!

Beyond exhilarating games, there will be fun theme nights, lots of socializing and tons of fun. A round robin play is followed by a league tournament.

Get all the details, and register your team:


It's not too late to sign up for spring courses! This indoor yoga course starts tomorrow and runs until June. Yoga Flow is perfect for active yoga, strength building and improving flexibility. BYOM (bring your own mat or towel) Register here:


Chris McGill, MSCR sports specialist since July 2021, has more than 20 years of experience as a senior sports director at the YMCA. He now organizes youth and adult sports programming. A typical day involves organizing and scheduling programs and "lots of emails."

What he likes about working for MSCR is, "MSCR has given me the platform to provide quality programs to all people in the community," he says. MSCR's value to the Madison community is that "it brings everyone in the community together while providing a chance for all to play or learn together."

Originally from Madison, McGill holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from UW-Whitewater.

Beyond work, you'll find him enjoying time with his family, coaching youth sports, or being active in some way--baseball, basketball, golf, hiking and biking. His hidden talent? "I am an awesome dancer."

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 04/02/2022

Fitness, Fun, and Friends - an outdoor
fitness course for girls ages 7-11. Explore fitness in a
welcoming and encouraging atmosphere through
games and play. Wednesdays 4:30-5:15pm from 4/6 -
Sign up at:


Thank you to all our Flashlight Egg Hunt Donors
Bloom Bake Shop
Boulders Climbing Gym
Chick-fil-A East Madison
Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co.
Culver's Culver's Culver's
Glass Nickel Pizza Co. - Madison West
Ian's Pizza Madison
Legacy Academy Activity Center in Fitchburg
Mallards Baseball
Madison Parks
Milio's Sandwiches
Wingra Boats

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 04/02/2022

Don't fool yourself, commit to get fit this spring! There's something for everyone in our fitness courses. From heart thumping cardio to stress reducing meditation, spring into action and sign up today!

Madison School & Community Recreation 04/01/2022

Madison School & Community Recreation

Get ready to knock one out of the park! Get your team together for Adult Softball Leagues! Deadline is April 8.

Madison School & Community Recreation


"Reintroducing people to the fun of riding and gaining confidence in their skills through Smart Cycling and Riding Refresher classes is great! I enjoy watching people gain riding skills, meeting new riders and riding along with them," says Annie Sarnecki, MSCR bicycling instructor.

"I have loved bicycling since I first learned to ride and felt the freedom of traveling on two wheels!" she says. Her dad helped her build her first bikes from parts of other bikes. "When I finally saved up and bought that Green Schwinn Varsity, I was really excited -- even though I had no idea how to use hand brakes."

Goodman Rotary Smart Cycling classes, course # 33479 and 33478 start April 7. Bike Riding Refresher Sessions, course # 33531 and 33532, start May 5. Sign up today,


Join the MSCR Summer Recreation & Enrichment Team! Pay begins at $15 per hour


Get in shape from the comfort of your home! 🏋️‍♀️ 🏠 We have a wide variety of virtual fitness courses available, from Monday through Saturday. Classes start next week! Register at


MSCR's Flashlight Egg Hunt is back, and we need your help! Do you know of a high school student looking for volunteer hours? This is a perfect event for them to have fun and earn hours! Volunteers ages 14-18 can help with set-up 5-7pm.

Volunteers can hide eggs, lead participants to the fields, help at registration, and give out prizes. It's a fun night for all! Shifts vary in length of time; we will need help 4-9pm. Sign up today:


As we complete Women's History Month, we want to honor Christy Ann Buchanan Kittle, the force who lobbied the Board of Education and City Council to establish MSCR as an official department of the Madison School District in 1926. Kittle was a member of the Board of Education, the League of Women Voters, the Wisconsin Consumers League and a suffragette. She later moved to Washington, D.C., to advocate for rights for working women. Thank you, Christy!


Smart Cycling -
Gain confidence in your bicycling skills. Smart Cycling offers classroom and on-the-bike sessions. Covers bicycle handling skills, group riding, safety and light maintenance. Led by a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. Fee includes materials. Bicycle and helmet required. April 7-28
14+: Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm at MSCR East #33479
50+: Thursdays, 1-3pm at MSCR East #33478


What inspires MSCR Executive Director Janet Dyer is "creating opportunities and supporting individuals and families traditionally underserved and underrepresented."

"Opportunities for everyone to play, socialize, learn, create and work" make MSCR valuable to the Madison community, she adds.

Dyer oversees the planning, organization, promotion and delivery of comprehensive, year-round, high quality recreation and enrichment programs and services for the Madison Metropolitan School District and the community.

What she likes most about working at MSCR is "caring and committed colleagues that meet every challenge head-on."

A memorable MSCR moment was "being asked to oversee the MSCR Playground Program, as I grew up attending a similar program in Milwaukee."

Dyer holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees from UW-Madison. A Certified Park and Recreation Professional, she started her MSCR career as supervisor of community programs in 1984.

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3802 Regent St
Madison, WI

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 10pm

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