Olbrich Park - Walter Street Restroom and Parking Lot Replacement

Last Updated: 10/18/2019

Work is currently underway on the replacement of the parking lot at Olbrich Park (at Walter Street)

NOTICE: The parking lot at 500 Walter Street (Olbrich Park near east softball diamonds) is CLOSED for construction beginning 7-23-2019 at 4AM until further notice

Work by Contractor Drax, Inc. under Public Works contract 8328 to replace the parking lot, including new storm drainage/inlets, curb & gutter  and bioretention basin, add new basketball court and pathways started 7-22-2019 and is anticipated to continue through early November.  Installation of the parking lot island trees, shrubs and perennials at the bioretention basin is anticipated to occur at the end of October under contract 8288  held by Dan Larsen Landscaping, Inc.

Public Works contract 8177 replaced the restroom building - these facilities are currently closed for the season and are anticipated be re-opened in late April 2020.
Olbrich Park at Walter Street 10-17-2019
Olbrich Park at Walter Street 10-17-2019

Contractor Advanced Building Corporation held the contract to replace the restroom building - considered Phase I of the project which was bid as Contract #8177 - and included the demolition of the former all-concrete restroom building as well as construction of the new restroom building at the site.  

Phase II sitework improvements, under Contract #8328 was opened on 5/30/2019, and was awarded to Drax, Inc., who submitted the lowest bid received for $479,147.38.  Work under the 8328 contract included replacement of the existing parking lot & basketball court as well as accessibility improvements connecting the restroom building to the new parking lot and stormwater management improvements including the installation of a bioretention basin.  
Visual simulation of new Walter St RR

A visual simulation (above) of the new restroom building at Olbrich Park (Walter Street)

Updates on the project including will be posted to this site as they become available.  Please direct questions or comments to Kate Kane at (608) 261-9671 or at kkane@cityofmadison.com.


A public meeting to discuss the project was held on October 12th at Whitehorse Middle School.  At the meeting, attendees voiced their support for a shift in location of the restroom building closer to the existing playground, replacement of the existing basketball court maintaining two goals on the court, and replacement of the existing parking lot at (or, if possible, exceeding) its current capacity (172 spaces).

Exhibits that were presented at the meeting are available by clicking through the links, below.