Olin Park Facility Renovation

Last Updated: 02/12/2021

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Project Description
In 2019 the Parks Division purchased the properties at 330 and 342 E. Lakeside Street for the expansion of Olin Park. The acquisitions included an existing 43,000 sf. office building near Lake Monona. After further evaluation of the facility, it was identified as an adaptive reuse opportunity due to its quality construction, central location within the city and unique lakeside setting. The Parks Division plans to relocate the majority of the Parks staff and services currently located in City County Building to the Olin Park facility. 

In addition to being the new home for the Parks Division's community and administration services, Parks intends to lease the west portion of the building to a community organization that provides public recreational programming consistent with the Parks Division’s mission. We are unable to announce our partners at this time, but hope to do so in the coming weeks. Parks is also exploring the potential for future reservable community rooms within the building. Combined, the services and programming at the facility will establish a new civic presence in Olin Park and Madison's south side.

Renovation Improvements
To meet current accessibility standards, a variety of internal and external improvements are required to prior to use of the building. In October 2020, the City hired an architectural and engineering consultant team to design the necessary facility renovation improvements. The schematic design portion of the renovation was completed in early January 2021 and the project is now entering design development.

Public Meeting
Parks held a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 to review the proposed facility renovations with area residents and park users. During the meeting, Parks staff presented the project intent, scope and anticipated timeline. Below are the presentation slides shared during the meeting.

Upcoming City of Madison Reviews:

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:30 pm – Common Council review of the proposed capital budget amendment
  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 4:30 pm – Urban Design Commission review, requesting approval of the proposed site and building improvements
  • Monday, April 12, 2021 at 5:30 pm – Plan Commission review of a requested zoning map amendment and conditional use approval for the existing building
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 6:45 pm – Common Council review of a requested zoning map amendment and conditional use approval for the existing building

More information on meeting agendas and how to participate is located at the City of Madison Legislative Information Center, located here: Madison Committee Calendar

Lake Monona Waterfront Coordination
The north portion of Olin Park is part of the Lake Monona Waterfront planning initiative. The Monona Waterfront planning scope encompasses Law Park, the bike path portion of the John Nolen Drive Causeway and Olin Park.The planning project is in the pre-masterplan phase, with a report due this spring that will provide the outcomes of the initial public engagement and site analysis for the planning area. The Olin Park Facility will be a significant component of the future master plan effort with respect to greater park and greenspace connectivity and enhanced lake access. Any additional future improvements to the facility will be informed by the Lake Monona Waterfront planning process. More on the Lake Monona Waterfront project can be found here: Lake Monona Waterfront

City of Madison Engineering - Facilities
City of Madison Engineering - Facilities is leading the renovation project, and their project page is located here: Olin Park Facility Renovation

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Olin Park Facility Renovation, please contact Mike Sturm at msturm@cityofmadison.com or 608-267-4921.