Master Planning Process Begins for James Madison Park

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 2:07pm

The history of James Madison Park dates back to the 1830s as just a square of land on Lake Mendota. While swimmers enjoyed the access to the lake, the park offered no other facilities. Since those earlier years, additional land was acquired and as the years prevailed, additional amenities were added including a reservable shelter in 1979.

Today, the City of Madison Parks Division begins the process of planning the future of James Madison Park and the public is encouraged to participate. An updated master plan and shelter design will be created through park user and focus group interviews, comment cards, an online survey beginning in January and a series of public input sessions. This extensive process will continue through October 2018.

  • What do you love most about James Madison Park today?
  • What are your dreams for improvements?
  • What are your concerns?
  • How can James Madison Park best serve our community as Madison continues to grow and change?

Help us define the future of James Madison Park and join us at a public input session!

Community Kickoff Meeting: Master Plan and Shelter Design
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
5:30 – 8:00 pm
Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.

James Madison PARKitecture Workshop with Hip-Hop Architecture Camp Founder Michael Ford
Saturday, February 10, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 pm
The BUBBLER @ Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.

Design Concepts Workshop: Draft Master Plan & Park Shelter
Monday, May 14, 2018
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Gates of Heaven, 302 E. Gorham St.

James Madison Park Draft Master Plan: Final Presentation
Monday, September 24, 2018
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham St.

All meetings will include light refreshments.

Spanish and Hmong translators will be at each meeting.
En cada reunión habrá intérpretes de español y hmong.
Yuav muaj neeg txhais lus Mev thiab lus Hmoob hauv txhua lub rooj sib tham.
To request alternate materials or any additional accommodations needed to participate, please email Sarah Lerner

How can you help?
If you are part of a community organization or institution, please help us by posting and sharing this information.

Find out more information and sign up for project updates please visit: James Madison Park Master Plan Project


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