James Madison Park

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James Madison Park is a 12-acre (49,000 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).[2] The 1863 building, a popular site for weddings of all faiths, is the eighth-oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States.[3] In the 1970s it was purchased by the city, restored, and moved to the park.[4][5][6]

Bernard - Hoover Boat House[edit]

The park is also home to the Bernard - Hoover Boat House.[7] This is owned by the City of Madison, and occupied by Mendota Rowing Club.[8]


  1. ^ City of Madison Parks
  2. ^ City of Madison Parks
  3. ^ Rediscovering Jewish Infrastructure: Update on United States Nineteenth Century Synagogues, Mark W. Gordon, American Jewish History 84.1 (1996) 11-27 [1]
  4. ^ In new space, Madison’s Shaarei Shamayim comes full circle, Andrea Waxman, Jewish Chronicle, September 25th, 2008 [2]
  5. ^ http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/Parks/goh.html
  6. ^ Gates of Heaven Celebrates 25 Years in James Madison Park
  7. ^ Historical Marker
  8. ^ Boathouse finder article on Bernard-Hoover Boathouse