Alumni Park

Rending of Alumni Park, viewed from the air about Lake Mendota.

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With the gift of Alumni Park, the Wisconsin Alumni Association is uniting alumni to complete a decades-old UW goal: creating an east-campus gateway worthy of a world-class university. This gift from UW-Madison’s graduates to their alma mater is turning a poorly utilized parking lot into a green space that will foster social activity and celebrate the positive impact that the university has made around the world.

Opening October 6, and located between Memorial Union and the Red Gym, Alumni Park will bring lush green spaces, beautifully landscaped gardens and breathtaking views to the heart of campus and downtown Madison. And there will be even more to discover.

  • One Alumni Place, a welcome and visitor center
  • The Goodspeed Family Pier, with public boat slip access
  • More than 50 artful exhibits
  • Nearly 200 stories of alumni achievements and UW innovations and traditions
  • A wealth of Badger spirit

Celebrating the Wisconsin Idea

Progress. Leadership. Tradition. Discovery. Service. As you walk along the park’s Alumni Way and pass by five 18-foot panels with alumni stories carved in stone and rendered in full-color porcelain enamel, expect those pillar themes of the Wisconsin Idea to resonate.

Then there is the Badger Pride Wall, an 80 foot long COR-TEN steel wall that features an artist’s renditions of campus traditions cut into the steel by water jet.

These are only two of the exhibit areas. But both showcase what it means to live the Wisconsin Idea and display alumni achievements that have shaped our lives.

The park’s exhibits were designed by world-renowned museum-exhibit design and storytelling firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates — whose other projects include the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Both the Badger Pride Wall and Alumni Way panels were fabricated by Wisconsin companies and artisans.

Learn more at AlumniPark.com.


Alumni philanthropy has played a significant role in the UW alumni story as well as in the UW-Madison’s continued success. Every gift makes an impact! Join the community of alumni who have made this new campus landmark possible, and ensure the future of the park and its innovative programming. Please contact Kelly De Haven to learn more.