Olbrich Park: Garver Feed Mill - North Plat and Olbrich Botanical Gardens Operations Area

Last Updated: 08/15/2018

The City of Madison Parks Division held a neighborhood meeting on March 29, 2018, to discuss potential improvements at Olbrich Park. During this meeting, City staff reviewed current site conditions and gathered input on potential improvements from area residents and project stakeholders.

The presentation exhibits are available here: Olbrich Park PIM 1 Presentation

Two areas of Olbrich Park were reviewed and discussed; the North Plat and Olbrich Botanical Gardens operations area along Sugar Ave near the existing ice skating rink.

Olbrich Park - North Plat

Discussion topics for the North Plat included:

  • Existing site conditions
  • Previous master plan recommendations
  • Material management for the Garver Feed Mill redevelopment
  • Future bike path connection to O.B. Sherry Park
  • Path and access improvements
  • Potential dog park location

Olbrich Botanical Gardens Operations Area

Discussion topics for the Olbrich Botanical Gardens Operations Area included:

  • Existing site conditions
  • Relocation of existing hoop houses
  • Relocation of maintenance shed
  • Leaf mulch area
  • Installation of Nice Rink- ice rink to replace existing floating rink

Results of the live polling taken during the meeting are available here: Olbrich Park PIM 1 Live Polling


The proposed replacement maintenance shed and hoop house relocation were presented to the Urban Design Commission on 07/11/18.

Urban Design Commission Submittal

Current project site plan

Olbrich Maintenance Shed and Hoop House Relocation

The Parks Division anticipates hold a second neighborhood meeting in the fall of 2018 to further discuss the potential improvements to the Garver North Plat area. Work on the consolidation of the Olbrich Botanical Gardens operations area is anticipated to be begin with the start of the Learning Center expansion. More information on the Learning Center project can be found here: Olbrich Gardens Expansion - Project 1

If you have questions or comments on the project, please contact Mike Sturm at (608) 267-4921 or at msturm@cityofmadison.com.