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

Last Updated: 04/12/2021

Olbrich Botanical Gardens Operations Area
Relocating the existing hoop houses and construction of a new maintenance shed consolidated Olbrich Botanical Garden's operations area east of Sugar Ave.  The maintenance shed construction was substantially complete in August, 2019. The concrete bin blocks and screen fence were installed in late September 2019. Landscape planting around the screen fence will occur as plant material becomes available through garden operations.

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

In February, 2019, the leaf material material storage area was revised based on neighborhood input.


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, park users and project stakeholders. 

The presentation exhibits are available here: Olbrich Park PIM 1 Presentation. Results of the live polling taken during the meeting are available here: Olbrich Park PIM 1 Live Polling. 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.

Community meeting 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

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