Last Updated: 08/11/2023

Project Update  

4/28/2023 Update:
April 27, 2023 Public Information Meeting Recording
April 27, 2023 Public Information Meeting PowerPoint Presentation 

Project Overview

This project includes deconstructing and reconstructing in-place the existing wall, matching the existing aesthetic and materials, and reusing existing stone when possible. In 2018, the City of Madison hired InSite Consulting Architects to evaluate the 1847 stone retaining wall within the WisDOT-owned Southwest Bike Path property adjacent to Glenwood Children’s Park.

View InSite’s Consulting Architects Railroad Arch Culvert Preliminary Assessment Glenwood Children’s Park.

This assessment indicated that the stone arch is deteriorating rapidly with two primary threats: “the failing physical integrity of the weathering sandstone and the undercutting and settling of the base layer of sand, stone and earth.”

In 2021, the undercutting was repaired through the Glenwood Childrens Park Storm 2020 Contract.

In 2023, funding was adopted in the Stormwater Utility Capital Improvement Plan to repair the weathering sandstone identified in the InSite Consulting Architects report.

Parks and Engineering have discussed this project with the Wisconsin State Historical Society and Landmarks Commission and confirmed neither approval is required for this project on land owned by the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

An existing lease agreement between the City of Madison and the State of Wisconsin require the City of Madison to maintain facilities within this area.

Project Schedule

Advertise to Bid: June

Construction Start: August

Public Involvement

There are a number of points of contact during this project where the public is encouraged to give feedback as part of public information meetings and public hearings. Dates, times and locations are indicated below:


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City Process, Meetings 

Common Council 6/6/2023 Approval to bid, 7/25/2023 Approval to Award and Accept Bid
Board of Public Works  5/17/2023 Approval to bid, 7/19/2023 Approval to Award and Accept Bid