Soglin, Rummel, and Park Director to conduct kickoff ceremony today
Earth moving crews were at the corner of East Wilson and Ingersoll Streets this week prepping for the installation of the restroom building which is part of Phase I of the Central Park project. The long term goal of building a community park and greenway along the East Isthmus Rail Corridor stagnated recently due to funding; but the project is moving forward again.
City of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, District 6 Alder Marsha Rummel, Madison Parks Department Director Kevin Briski, and other city officials will host a kickoff event at 2 p.m today at the site to celebrate the project finally getting underway.
Last year the Urban Design Commission approved the $600,000 restroom structure which was designed to jive with an “Art Approach” the concept that will shape the entire park, blending Madison-style park activities, the natural glacial geography of Madison, and the industrial tradition of the corridor.
Phase I will also include construction of pedestrian walkways and cycling trails as well as safety improvements due to its location next to an active rail line. A year ago State Railroad Commissioner Jeff Plale approved a pedestrian-cycle crossing of the rail road to the park which also was a reason for the delay in construction
The $14 million project that will create a natural space from the Yahara river to Blair street has been a dream of neighborhood residents for years but so far has only boasted a warm weather farmer’s market.
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