Eagle Trace Park Master Plan Improvements

Last Updated: 11/15/2019

The City will be constructing improvements to Eagle Trace Park per the adopted Eagle Trace Park Master Plan (click here for more information on the master planning process).

These improvements are anticipated to be installed in 2020 and include construction of open spaces for active/passive recreation, paths, a half basketball court, sun shelter, and a playground. As part of construction of these improvements, Madison Parks will hold an additional playground meeting. Plans for the proposed playground were presented to the neighborhood in November 2018 as part of the Eagle Trace Park Master Plan process.

New playground designs were presented at a playground meeting on November 7, 2019. These playground designs addressed additional input received by Madison Parks.

PLAYGROUND MEETING
Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm - Fire Station 12 (400 South Point Drive)


EAGLE TRACE MASTER PLAN PUBLIC MEETINGS
November 1, 2018 and May 20, 2019


Background on Madison Playgrounds

The City of Madison currently owns and maintains approximately 180 playgrounds across the park system. This does not include most school playgrounds, which are owned and maintained by MMSD. The 180 playgrounds equates to 7 per 10,000 residents. According to the Trust for Public Land’s annual rating of the 100 largest municipal parks systems in the nation, this puts Madison at #1 and by a fairly sizable margin. As a comparison, Cincinnati has approximately 5 playgrounds per 10K residents, and is currently 2nd in the annual ranking in this category. This places Madison at approximately 40% more playgrounds per capita than other leading communities.  Of cities reported by the TPL that have the highest playgrounds per capita, the per capita ratio is between 2.4 and 4.7 playgrounds per 10,000 residents. There are only two municipalities with amounts higher, Madison at 7.1 and Cincinnati at 5.0 playgrounds per capital. Madison Parks is certainly proud of this ranking, but such a sizable system of playgrounds does mean there are significant costs to develop and maintain the system in a safe and accessible manner.

In the 1990’s there was a significant reinvestment in playgrounds to move away from wood structures, which were inaccessible, towards equipment that was safer and met ADA guidelines. At this time, the primary surfacing selected for installation was crumb rubber and/or pea gravel. By 2012, there was a significant need to reinvest in our playgrounds again as many were reaching the end of their useful life at similar times. This led to the Parks Division working collaboratively with Alders, the Mayor, and the Board of Park Commissioners to establish a programmatic approach to the replacement of over 120 of the playgrounds over the next decade beginning in 2013. The Council adopted RES-13-00034, Legistar 27854, in January 2013. This called on the Parks Division to develop a replacement program that prioritized playgrounds based on safety, age and condition in a fair and equitable manner. The program was to include a standard playground equipment package, prioritized yearly capital budget plan for the replacements and equitable guidelines that would allow for neighborhoods to contribute financially to the project.

Additional history and information on the playground process can be found in this letter from Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp to All Alders on July 28, 2020.


All questions and comments regarding this project should be directed to Sarah Lerner, Landscape Architect at slerner@cityofmadison.com or (608) 261-4281.

Information on fundraising opportunities will be available at the meeting and also online: Parks Fundraiser Opportunities.

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