James Madison Park Master Plan

Project Details

  • Location

    • 614 E Gorham Street
      Madison, WI 53703
  • Status

  • Alder District

    District 2

43.081673, -89.381986

Project Information

The draft James Madison Park Master Plan was presented to the Board of Park Commissioners for approval on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.  Designs were revised based on feedback from the December 12th meeting. The revised Parking Option One and Parking Option Two plans were presented to the Commissioners on on January 9th for discussion. Based on input received and discussion at the Board of Park Commissioners meeting in January, the revised draft James Madison Park Master Plan was presented for approval on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Additional documents may be found on Legistar (Legislative File 54047).

Adopted James Madison Park Master Plan and Report approved February 2019.


In 2013, the City of Madison funded the James Madison Park Shelter Building Condition Assessment and Study.  As part of that process, the neighborhood identified the need to master plan James Madison Park.  The City of Madison Parks Division invites community members to join us in exploring these questions and more during the James Madison Park master plan and shelter design process. The updated James Madison Park master plan will be used as a guide for future development of this iconic park and the existing shelter.  To ensure that the updated master plan and shelter design accurately reflect community needs, concerns and priorities, the City is implementing a robust public engagement effort guided by the RESJI toolkit, that focused on generating feedback from diverse segments of the community. As part of the design process, the project team conducted interviews with park users, focus groups, and stakeholders; distributed an online community survey and comment cards; and hosted community meetings.  This project consists of two parts: master planning and shelter design.  The master plan will be approved and considered an adopted master plan at the end of this process. The shelter design will have additional design development and opportunities for input but was necessary to include as part of the master plan to understand it's relationship to future development of the park.

Frequently Asked Questions

Public Input

The public engagement process for the James Madison Park Master plan is one of the most comprehensive public engagement process for a City of Madison Park Master Plan. This process included public meetings, pop-up sessions at the park, comments cards, real-time park observation using the SOPARC method, intercept interviews, an online survey, focus group discussions, meetings with stakeholders, emails to neighborhood listserves and community organizations (over 700 addresses), flyers posted at 41 locations, permanent signage about the project, direct mailing to community organizations, social and web postings, press releases, and postcards mailed to over 8,000 residents. These efforts totaled ~ 20,000 interactions with the public on the park master plan and design process.


2018 Public Engagement Benchmark Progress Report

Public Input Meeting 1

Public Input Meeting 2

Public Input Meeting 3

Public Input Meeting 4


This project required extensive research and analysis of the environmental, transportation, historical, and contextual conditions. A summary of the analysis is available here.


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