LINK TO 2003 MASTER PLAN (PDF 12MB)
Summary of Phase 3 Options (PDF)
PowerPoint from 10/17/13 (PDF)
The Wingra Creek Parkway – Phase 3 project is back underway and is currently in the planning phases. City Engineering originally proposed a shoreline stabilization project, including channel augmentations, in 2012. At that time several stakeholders suggested alternative options for aesthetic and environmental improvements to the channel. In order to fully assess these options, questions pertaining to feasibility and finances needed to be answered.
Having answered feasibility questions and revised the budget for the project, we are now ready to resume the design process. A public meeting was held on October 17, 2013, to present various options for channel modification and receive public input. The PowerPoint used at this meeting can be found here. A summary of options presented can be found here.
General discussion at the meeting focused meandering the channel, or installing visual buffers to mimic the appearance of a meander. Several meeting attendees commented on maintaining as much of the existing vegetation as possible. One of the options proposed was the installation of a cross-vein weir structure near Lake Monona, and opinions about this seemed mixed. Several comments were also made about improving the dog access on the south side of the creek.
Based on this input, City Engineering will prepare multiple design options, which will be presented at the next meeting. These options will include one or more designs showing the narrowing and deepening of the channel, with constructed bends or littoral shelves to create meanders. This channel geometry will be analyzed both with and without the stone weir. The next presentation will include tentative placement of dog, canoe, and fishing access points, as well as storm outfall upgrades.
Wingra Creek is located in a highly urbanized portion of the City of Madison. It is two miles long and runs from Lake Wingra to Lake Monona. Due to low velocity and poor water quality, the creek usually becomes stagnant in the summer months. It is listed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural resources as a 303(d) impaired water body.
Despite its seasonal lackluster appearance, Wingra Creek is still relatively popular among paddlers in the area. However, a shortage of access points and several shallow areas from sedimentation make canoeing the creek a challenging activity.
A highly-used bike trail follows along most of the length of the creek. Fish Hatchery Road, Park Street, and John Nolen Drive all cross Wingra Creek, making it a very visible natural feature within the city.
In late 2002, the City of Madison held a public meeting to assess community interest in addressing water quality and recreational concerns along the Wingra Creek parkway. The group was in favor of moving ahead to establish a master plan for the area that would focus on the needs of the neighborhood.
Early in the following year, City staff, Friends of Lake Wingra, and the South Metropolitan Planning Council held a community workshop where the participants were asked for their input on three areas of interest: environmental quality, recreation, and community building/education.
City Engineering staff used the comments from the workshop and the original 1994 master plan for the Wingra Parkway to write a 2003 update to the master plan to reflect the current needs for the area.
The project has been divided up into four phases. Phase 1 and Phase 2 are done. Phase 3 is scheduled for construction over fall 2014.
Phase 1: S Park St to Baird St DONE
Phase 2: Fish Hatchery Rd to South Park St DONE
Phase 3: Baird St to Olin Ave
Phase 4: Olin Ave to Lake Monona (except a small stretch in the middle)