Madison's rich history will soon be here. "We invented bike polo, then retired" - Jonny Hunter. The dreams still live on, and Madison Bike Polo is still playing strong.
Since its first appearance at the 1908 London Olympics, the meeting of mallets and bicycles have excited enthusiasts of the sport known as bike polo. Almost a hundred years later a resurgence of bike polo led to Madison becoming a major bike polo hub in the world. The tradition of bike polo continues to grow at Reynolds Park with people from all backgrounds and skill levels. Starting out on the grassy field at Reynolds Park, bike polo eventually transitioned onto a hardcourt surface and found a new home above the Madison Water Pump Station located on park property. With the support of Alder Ledell Zeders, Park Supervisor Eric Knepp and Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association this Official Bike Polo Court was designated and built by the Madison Parks Department. By investing in athletic competition such as bike polo, tennis and other sports, they continually strive to create a safe and welcoming community space for the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood.
LET THERE BE LIGHT!
Parks Meeting May 13th 6:30pm @ Lapham School
There will be a Public meeting for all in the neighborhood to discuss a proposal from the Madison Parks to install lights above the Water Utility building on May 13'th 6:30pm @ Lapham Elementary School. For a number of years the roof recreational space above the Water Utility Building at Reynolds Park had lighting. This allowed residents and the community at large to be able to extend recreational activity during the shorter Wisconsin days. Madison Bike Polo, along with local residents, have been working with the Madison Parks to get lights back on top of the Water Utility Building. Over the past few years Reynolds park has started to get a few makeover items. These include the Bike polo court, resurfaced tennis courts, new sod for the grass field, and playground equipment. All these things help establish this park as a growing investment into the community. Installing lights on the Utility Building will provide an extended time of play for those using that space for tennis, polo, soccer and families. Currently without lights after 4:30pm in the fall it is too dark to use. It will also help gain more interest and usage because of the extended time. Lighting will be another step into providing a bit of safety to the park as a whole. Currently the Madison Parks are working with a company to assess ways to put lighting back on top. Please visit this link to read more about the project. A community meeting will be held on May 13th at 6:30pm @ Lapham Elementary School. We encourage all users of the facility to help promote the potential enhancements of our favorite park. IF you want more info or want to get an email on when those meetings will be held please contact us.