James Madison Park

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James Madison Park
James Madison Park shelter rooftop garden (July 2014 - 3).jpg
Garden on the James Madison shelter roof, c. 2014
LocationMadison, Wisconsin
Coordinates43°04′53″N 89°22′59″W / 43.08126°N 89.38319°W / 43.08126; -89.38319Coordinates: 43°04′53″N 89°22′59″W / 43.08126°N 89.38319°W / 43.08126; -89.38319
Area12.63-acre (51,100 m2)
Operated byCity of Madison

James Madison Park is a 12.63-acre (51,100 m2) waterfront park located on Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin. It is owned by the city of Madison.[1]

Gates of Heaven Synagogue[edit]

The park is the home of the Gates of Heaven Synagogue (Shaarei Shamayim).[1] The 1863 building, a popular site for weddings of all faiths, is the eighth-oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States.[2] In the 1970s it was purchased by the city, restored, and moved to the park.[3][4]

Bernard - Hoover Boat House[edit]

The park is also home to the Bernard - Hoover Boat House.[5] This is owned by the City of Madison, and occupied by Mendota Rowing Club.[6]


  1. ^ a b James Madison Park - City of Madison Parks
  2. ^ Rediscovering Jewish Infrastructure: Update on United States Nineteenth Century Synagogues, Mark W. Gordon, American Jewish History 84.1 (1996) 11-27 [1]. 2019 article update.
  3. ^ In new space, Madison’s Shaarei Shamayim comes full circle Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine Andrea Waxman, Jewish Chronicle, September 25th, 2008
  4. ^ Gates of Heaven Celebrates 25 Years in James Madison Park
  5. ^ Historical Marker
  6. ^ Boathouse finder article on Bernard-Hoover Boathouse