Madison to Involve the Community in the Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge | local government
Madison offers a series of public events about the Monona Lake Waterfront Design Challenge, including a “kick-off” to engage with three nationally recognized finalists, a post-progress recording, and then presentations on the proposed master plans.
In July, the city’s 13-member special ad hoc committee selected Agency Landscape + Planning of Cambridge, Massachusetts; James Corner Field Operations of New York; and Denver’s Sasaki among 14 heavy-duty companies that responded to an RFQ to develop a master plan to reinvent the Monona Lake waterfront between Olin Park and Williamson Street.
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Upcoming plans aim to better connect Capitol Square and neighborhoods to the lake, improve water quality and aquatic habitat, celebrate the architectural legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, and preserve the cultural history of the lake.
Now the city has scheduled the series of events to give the community a chance to learn more about the design challenge.
- Launch of the design challenge. 6 p.m., October 3, Madison Central Library, rooms 301-302, 201 W. Mifflin St. The design teams will live stream the event and introduce themselves and their team’s unique perspective on crafting of the master plan.
- Registration of the design challenge. 6 p.m., Nov. 7, at Monona Terrace, Boardroom, 1 John Nolen Drive. The teams will present their initial thoughts and concepts online when developing a master plan vision for the Monona Lake waterfront.
- Design Challenge Blueprint Presentations. 6 p.m., Jan. 26, at the Parks Division’s Olin Park facility, 330 E. Lakeside St. Teams will present their proposed Monona Lake Waterfront Master Plan in person.
The events will also air on the Madison City Channel for remote viewing.
The Monona Lake waterfront project is tied to plans to transform a two-story building and 3.65 acres of shoreline next to Olin Park, purchased by the city in 2019, into a community amenity with offices the parks division; the reconstruction of John Nolen Drive, scheduled for 2026; and the creation of the “Destination District” around Alliant Energy Center, aimed at connecting the South Side to the lake and downtown.
The city will spend $75,000 each on the three finalists — half of which is privately funded — for design challenge stipends, and an additional $200,000 on the chosen team to refine the preferred master plan.
The select committee is expected to recommend a preferred master plan to the mayor, city council and parks commission by September 1, 2023.
Photos: Kitesurfing on Lake Monona