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This is a pleasant part that includes the city zoo, a small beach for Lake Wingra that is next to the university arboretum. There are picnic facilities, soccer fields, and trails. In winter, ice skating and hockey are offered. Parking is limited but rarely a...More
Villas is a nice park offering a beach, play structures, picnic areas, open areas, and nice vistas. It is popular and the free parking fills early on weekends and in the summer. It can be over run with geese and ducks, please don't feed them.
I stopped in on a sunny winter day. There were a lot of skaters in the ice rinks. They have a large skating rink, several hockey rinks and one for speed skating.
There are also walking/running trails. And a beach that is open in summer.