Public meetings planned amid effort to reshape Lake Monona waterfront

City Of Madison Drone Monona Terrace

MADISON, Wis. — The city of Madison is hosting several public meetings for people to learn more about an effort aimed at reshaping the future of the Lake Monona waterfront.

The Lake Monona Design Challenge, which began earlier this year, pits a number of firms against each other to see who can create the best master plan for 1.7 miles of shoreline from Law Park to Olin Park.

The various design teams face a number of tasks, including better connecting downtown to the lake shore, improving water quality, celebrating the architecture of the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Monona Terrace and preserving the lake’s cultural history, according to the city’s parks department.

During the first meeting, set for 6 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Madison Central Library, teams will introduce themselves and their approach to their plan. Another meeting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Monona Terrace will involve the design teams presenting their initial thoughts and concepts.

During the final meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Olin Park facility, teams will present their proposed master plans.

After the plans are completed, the community will be able to review them and offer their feedback. The Lake Monona Waterfront Ad-hoc Committee is scheduled to make recommend its preferred plan to the Common Council and Board of Park Commission next year, according to the parks department’s website.

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