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Lake Wingra Storm Drain Mural at Vilas Park

October, 2021 Have you seen the new turtle mural above the storm drain at Vilas Park? It features two of Lake Wingra’s favorite creatures to spot: the snapping and painted turtle. The new turtle mural, located across from the tennis court parking lot near Lake Wingra in Vilas Park, was made possible by Dane County’s …

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Vilas Park Drive

Wingra Recreation Loop Updates

With how much our community enjoys walking, running, bicycling we have some updates on opportunities that relate to the “Lake Wingra loop.” At the time of this blog post, we don’t have any suggested actions unless you want to email your Alder with any thoughts you have on these topics. We will try to keep you updated as appropriate. The two topics we have updates on are the Vilas park Drive Car-Free Interim Plan and the Woodrow “gap” in the Lake Wingra loop. 

April 2021: Lake Wingra Mounds & Vilas Park Master Plan Update

In March, the City of Madison Board of Parks Commissioners voted to approve the Vilas Park Master Plan. During that process, the Ho-Chunk Nation, the Friends of Lake Wingra and others advocated for greater attention to the protection of the sacred burial mounds and archaeological sites within Vilas Park. Parks Department Commits to Conduct Archaeological …

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Glenway Golf Course

Glenway Golf Course Project

March 16, 2021 Through a donation from Michael and Jocelyn Keiser, the City of Madison expects to have a new and improved Glenway Golf Course by the end of 2021. According to the project webpage, “Michael Keiser, who draws his eco-centric inspiration from renowned naturalists as well as age-old public courses in Scotland and Ireland, approached Madison Parks …

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3/15/21: Reflecting on Winter & Transitioning to Spring at Lake Wingra

As we move closer to the spring equinox this Saturday, March 20th, here are some wintertime photos to enjoy from the Lake as well as some of early signs of spring! Keep your eyes and ears open for further signs of spring around the Lake. There are many opportunities now for spotting and hearing the …

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Questions to Help You Process the Vilas Park Master Plan Concepts

A survey is now available for you to review different concepts for the Vilas Park Master Plan. The survey will ask for your preferences for the location of the shelter, the future of Vilas Park Drive, the layout of parking, playgrounds, lagoon management, and park amenities. You can also share what concepts you think are missing. If you’d …

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