Segoe Park Playground Replacement - Contract: 2019 Playgrounds - Group 1

Last Updated: 09/13/2019

Work to replace the playground at Segoe Park is nearly complete - the playground is open for play!

Segoe Park Playground on 9.7.2019
New playground at Segoe Park on 9.7.2019

Contractor Madison Commercial Landscapes finalized the installation of the playground equipment - including the swings and rock climbing wall before completing the installation of wood mulch surfacing and border timber edge restraint the week of 9/2/2019.  The final item to completed will be the installation of the asphalt on the connector path, which is anticipated on or before 9/21/2019. 

Public Works Contract Information:

Parks issued the '2019 Playgrounds - Group 1' (8391) contract in late February for a 2-week period.
At the bid opening held 4/4/2019, the only bid received was determined to be "non-responsive" due to the omission of a bid bond item. As such, the contract was rebid beginning 4/11/2019 and was opened/awarded 4/25/2019. Following approval of the bid through Board of Public Works and Common Council, work began in mid-June on the contract.  Please note that there are a total of five (5) playground sites in the contract - and the project start and end dates as shown on this page reflect for the contract overall.  Work by Contractor Madison Commercial Landscapes, Inc. started at Doncaster Park and Walnut Grove Park and continues at Lucia Crest Park and William Slater Park in addition to Segoe Park.

Please check back to this page for updates on the construction of the Segoe Park playground, including photographs when the become available.

Please contact Project Manager Kate Kane at (608) 261-9671 or kkane@cityofmadison.com if you would like to provide input on the project or have other questions.


Project Background:

Parks begins the planning process for playground replacements in advance of the finalization of the budget in order to receive public input and develop design documents for bidding in early 2019.  The first opportunity for input from the neighborhood on the design of the playground was at the Playgrounds - Group 1 Workshop held on 10/18/2018 a follow-up meeting was held at Van Hise Elementary School library on 12/7/2018 to view concepts for both parks and vote on the installations to occur at each in 2019! Materials from both sessions can be found in the links, below.

UPDATE: The Madison Parks Foundation has received the full fundraising goal for the features that were requested during the 2nd meeting! Congratulations to the neighborhood and all individuals involved in the effort. Parks looks forward to seeing the new equipment at the park in 2019!


Segoe & William Slater Parks Playgrounds Meeting #2

held on Thursday, December 6 at 6PM - Van Hise Elementary School library (246 S Segoe Rd)

At this session a brief recap of the decisions made at the Group 1 Workshop session was held, followed by a discussion of the features and proposals for each of the playground sites.

For Segoe Park, the biggest change was a proposal to shift the playground footprint to the west side of the park - which allows for the playground to move away from the heavier/higher speed traffic on Segoe Road as well as to provide an accessible route of travel from Laub Lane. The backstop currently located at the west would then shift to the far east side of the park. This relocation was agreed-to at the meeting - both equipment layouts reflect this footprint (below). The equipment proposal Option 2 from Landscape Structures also received the majority vote with the request that the 'spring rider' as shown be swapped for a vehicle (train/airplane) and the cup spinner be swapped for a standing spinner - if these options can occur within budget. Fundraising interest for an additional equipment piece or swing bay was also discussed - please see above note regarding contacting the Madison Parks Foundation as well as the 'Fundraising Options – Ideas' sheet included below.

UPDATE: Revised Option 2 (described as Option 2.1) is included, below.

  • Please note that the addition of a 3rd swing bay adds $2,500
  • Please note that the spring rider change and standing spinner change add $535 to the project total
  • Segoe Park Equipment Option 2.1.pdf

Segoe Park Option 2 – Neighborhood's Preferred Option:

Option 1 items – for reference-only:


2019 Playgrounds - Group 1 Workshop

was held Thursday, October 18 at 6PM - Sequoya Library (4340 Tokay Blvd)

At this session and due to the proximity of the two park's playgrounds, the dual-replacements in 2019 of both William Slater and Segoe Parks were discussed during the break-out/table session with Parks staff. Attendees confirmed that the Parks are used equally among regular users - although William Slater tends to trend towards younger visitors and Segoe tends to attract older kids. As such, conventional equipment replacement is proposed for Segoe Park and an all-new 'nature playscape' is to be installed at William Slater Park!

Please see also the William Slater Park project page for information regarding the 'nature playscape' concept.

Attendees at the session cast majority votes for wood mulch surfacing and equipment manufacturer Landscape Structures.  Opinions on color varied - so design concepts brought to the next meeting will feature an option with natural shades (green/brown) as well as blue & lime green!