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

Last Updated: 09/18/2018

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

Relocating the existing hoop houses and the construction of a new maintenance shed are part of the consolidation of Olbrich Botanical Garden's operations area. This work is being done in conjunction with the new Learning Center project


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

The hoop house relocation is currently in progress and construction of the new maintenance shed is anticipated to occur in the spring of 2019. More information on the Learning Center project can be found here: Olbrich Gardens Expansion - Project 1

A second neighborhood meeting will be held in the fall of 2018 to further discuss the potential improvements to the Garver North Plat area.

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