Preliminary designs show vision for new ‘Imagination Center’ library at Reindahl Park

Reindahl Park Imagination Center
A conceptual rendering of the proposed Imagination Center at Reindahl Park. Courtesy: City of Madison.

MADISON, Wis. — City officials on Thursday showed off preliminary designs for a new “Imagination Center” planned for Reindahl Park on Madison’s far east side.

During a virtual meeting, officials laid out the vision for the new facility, which will serve as a library and community space. It’s designed to tie in with and complement existing elements of the park.

“We don’t want this to be just a building in a park or a facility in a park, we want it to help amplify what’s already there, the amenities that are already there and foster new innovation,” Rafeeq Asad from JLA Architects said.

An existing park structure and 16 trees near the southeast corner of Reindahl Park would be removed to make way for the new facility, but new trees would be added, he said. The current parking lot would be reused.

The project is nearing the end of the pre-design phase. Construction is currently set to being in the winter of 2023 and end by the fall of 2024.