Madison Public Market

The City of Madison is making progress on the Madison Public Market District.  The vision is to create a multi-use district featuring a mix of food retail, wholesaling, and processing, as well as potentially arts/craft vending, community uses, events, and other activities.  Further, the project aims to create a culturally diverse and dynamic public space that becomes a welcoming destination for all Madison residents.

After several months of research, public outreach, and analysis, the City's Local Food Committee, Economic Development Committee, and Common Council have endorsed a recommendation to move forward with the project and focus on an area along East Washington Avenue near the Yahara River as the "preferred location" (you can learn more about the work that has been done so far by cliking HERE for the Phase 1 report and HERE for the Phase 2 reports).

The next step will be an interactive "Placemaking Workshop" to brainstorm ideas for uses and activities to include as part of the District.  The Workshop will take place on Tuesday, October 28 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm in the Tenney Park Pavilion (1414 E. Johnson Street) (click here to register).  The workshop will include a series of exercises focused on identifying specific uses and activities for identified portions of the site.  The session will start with a brief presentation in the Pavilion and then small groups will head outside to walk the site and identify opportunities and uses.

Anyone interested in the Public Market District project are encouraged to attend this unique public work session.  Dress for the weather and come ready to work on figuring out the details of this exciting project.

The event is free but space is limited so we are asking folks to register in advance.  You can register onlline by clicking here.

If you have questions or you are interested in learning more about the Public Market project, please check back to this website for updates and feel free to contact Dan Kennelly in the City of Madison's Office of Business Resources at 267-1968 or


Last Updated: 10/09/2014