Olbrich Park: Garver Feed Mill - North Plat and Olbrich Botanical Gardens Operations Area

Last Updated: 06/24/2020

The City of Madison Parks Division held a neighborhood meeting on March 29, 2018, to discuss potential improvements at Olbrich Park. During this meeting, City staff reviewed current site conditions and gathered input on potential improvements from area residents, park users and project stakeholders.

The presentation exhibits are available here: Olbrich Park PIM 1 Presentation. Results of the live polling taken during the meeting are available here: Olbrich Park PIM 1 Live Polling.

Two areas of Olbrich Park were reviewed and discussed; the North Plat and Olbrich Botanical Gardens operations area along Sugar Ave near the existing ice skating rink.

Olbrich Park - North Plat

Discussion topics for the North Plat included:

  • Existing site conditions
  • Previous master plan recommendations
  • Material management for the Garver Feed Mill redevelopment
  • Future bike path connection to O.B. Sherry Park
  • Path and access improvements
  • Potential dog park location

Olbrich Botanical Gardens Operations Area

Relocating the existing hoop houses and the construction of a new maintenance shed are part of the consolidation of Olbrich Botanical Garden's operations area. This work is being done in conjunction with the new Learning Center project. More information on the Learning Center project can be found here: Olbrich Gardens Expansion - Project 1

Community meeting discussion topics for the Olbrich Botanical Gardens Operations Area included:

  • Existing site conditions
  • Relocation of existing hoop houses
  • Relocation of maintenance shed
  • Leaf mulch area
  • Installation of Nice Rink- ice rink to replace existing floating rink

The new maintenance shed and hoop house relocation were presented to the Urban Design Commission on 07/11/18.

In February, 2019, the leaf material material storage area was revised based on neighborhood input.

The maintenance shed construction was substantially complete in August, 2019. The concrete bin blocks were installed in September, 2019, with screen fence installation anticipated in late 2019. Landscape planting around the screen fence will occur as plant material becomes available through garden operations.

A second neighborhood meeting will be held to further discuss the potential improvements to the Garver North Plat area. If you have questions or comments on either project, please contact Mike Sturm at (608) 267-4921 or at msturm@cityofmadison.com.