Madison parks division curious about community's vision for an improved Law Park

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- For the first time, Madison Parks has plans to improve Law Park with the help of the community.

Law Park along Lake Monona in downtown Madison.

Thursday night, the City hosted the first of four community workshops called "A Madison Lake Front For All." Ideas from area residents, park users and project stakeholders will be recorded by the City and the consultant team in a preliminary report that may shape future planning efforts.

The park, located three blocks from the Capitol, is currently separated from the greater downtown area by a six-lane highway and railroad corridor. The city also says access points to the park are limited to the far east and west ends.

Wendy Cupp said she considers herself a stakeholder of the park. Her vision for a better park includes portable restrooms, more trash cans and recycling cans.

"There could be things that Law Park can be known as the place to go down on the isthmus," Cupp said. "Right now it's just a strip of grass. It's become a filthy strip of grass. We would love to see that beautified."

Law Park has previously seen numerous plans for improvement since its establishment in 1943. None of those plans have been implemented.

Mike Sturm of Madison Parks said the reason for its failure is that the plans have come primarily from private entities to policy makers. With this new plan, there's a new approach.

"This is an opportunity for the Parks Division to reach out to the community and get a grassroots input on what's possible at Law Park," he said. "I think that's the significant difference in these plans that have been proposed previously."

Community workshops will last until October. Here are when and where you can attend.

Thursday, August 15, 6:00-7:30 PM, Workshop at the Atrium on Park Street, 2300 S. Park St.
Wednesday, August 21, 6:00-7:30 PM, Workshop at Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr.
Wednesday, September 18, 6:00-7:30 PM, Workshop at Madison Central Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
Tuesday, October 1, 6:00-7:30 PM, Open House at Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, 501 East Badger Rd.

Community members with any ideas or suggestions are also encouraged to take the survey or send an email to LawPark@cityofmadison.com