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Central Park

Central Park is located six blocks east of the Capitol Square among two popular, engaged, and active historic residential neighborhoods and employment center. Since the early 1970s the goal has been to revitalize this area by repurposing it into a Central Park. In 2000, the Urban Open Space Foundation made the development of Central Park the centerpiece of their open space work in Madison. In 2007, the City created the Central Park Design and Implementation Task Force to make the vision a reality.

The team that will engineer, design, and build Madison's Central Park includes engineers and landscape architects from MSA-Professional Services, Schreiber Anderson Associates, Ken Saiki Design, JJR Inc., and environmental public artist Lorna Jordan. Having Ms. Jordan, who creates environmentally inventive sites, as a member of the Central Park Design Team will help form Central Park's design aesthetic and intent. Her role is to collaborate on the overall site design of Central Park's Great Lawn and to design an eco-art layer that will be part of the green infrastructure of Central Park.

Ms. Jordan, who creates environmental artworks that blur the boundaries between sculpture, ecology, infrastructure, and architecture, was recently in Madison beginning her research as a member of the Central Park Design Team. Ms. Jordan, is a renowned eco-artist best known for Waterworks Gardens, an environmental art project at the Water Reclamation Plant in Renton, Washington. We envision using Ms. Jordan's talents to celebrate Central Park's green infrastructure; from sculptural stormwater management systems, to pathways, and everything in between.

We believe Madison can serve as a national example of a mid-sized city using healthy, sustainable place-building to support economic and neighborhood development. Our economy is driven by ideas from science, agriculture, and creative workers. This creative spark will fuel the transformation of this area from brownfield to a center for economic and aesthetic creativity.

After years of imagining the possibilities, the Central Park Design and Implementation Task Force has spent the last three years forging a new and attainable vision for the Park that has widespread public support. For the first time in almost 40 years we are in a position to design, engineer and build Central Park. We believe it will be an exemplar for placemaking where people can play, learn, grow and are inspired to create, with art as a major theme of the Task Force's plan for the Park.

Review Presentations & Community Conversation at the links below:
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Ms. Jordan is still in the research phase of her work. If you have thoughts you would like to add in response to any of the above questions, we welcome your input! E-mail your thoughts, questions, comments, concerns to kwolf@cityofmadison.com.

You can also mail comments to the address below:

Karin Wolf, Arts Program Administrator
Madison Arts Commission
P.O. Box 2985
Madison, WI 53701-2985


City of Madison, Wisconsin: Central Park Context and Lorna Jordan Studio Selected Works

City of Madison, Wisconsin: Central Park Context and Lorna Jordan Studio Selected Works

1970s photo showing the Brownfield area where the Central Park Great Lawn will be located.

1970s photo showing the Brownfield area where the Central Park Great Lawn will be located.

Central Park District: Green Spaces and Green Linkages

Central Park District: Green Spaces and Green Linkages

Central Park Master Plan Great Lawn and Playground

Central Park Master Plan Great Lawn and Playground

Capitol East District Employment Center & Its Relationship to Central Park

Capitol East District Employment Center & Its Relationship to Central Park