Alumni Park

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In celebration of its 150th anniversary, the Wisconsin Alumni Association is committed to making the dream of Alumni Park a reality at the UW Madison. Alumni Park is one step closer to that reality. The June dedication of the Goodspeed Family Pier marked the completion of phase one of park construction.

Through Alumni Park, WAA 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 taking a poorly utilized parking lot (between the Memorial Union and the Red Gym) and turning it into a green space that will foster social activity and celebrate the positive impact that the university has made around the world. With the assistance of the world-renowned design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates, WAA is working to create a park that celebrates the unique spirit of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Phase one shows the potential that this project offers. With assistance from campus and the state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the restoration of 787 feet of Lake Mendota’s shoreline between Lake Street and the Union Terrace, and the new Goodspeed Family Pier includes docking for up to 25 watercraft.

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Alumni Park will create a corridor that runs between the Red Gym and Memorial Union, from Lake Mendota to Langdon Street. It will join with the Memorial Union Reinvestment project to extend the social scene of the Lake Mendota waterfront, create a promenade along the east end of the lakeshore, incorporate a green space and give UW students and alumni and the Madison community a new, beautiful area where they can enjoy their own Wisconsin experience.

Alumni Park will welcome every visitor with interactive installations that educate them about the rich legacy of the UW and our alumni. Ongoing programming in the park for students, alumni and all visitors will further the core educational values of the University and the Wisconsin Idea. Leadership; Service; Discovery; Progress; and Tradition and Legacy will be the five guiding themes of the park.

All donors to Alumni Park will be recognized for their support, honoring the generosity of our alumni. Another recognition feature will be a Family Legacy Installation which will honor legacy families at the UW with a minimum family pledge of $50,000. Singular opportunities for Leadership donor recognition at the $100,000 level and beyond will include their name and a quote expressing the personal impact the University had in their life. 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! Please contact Kelly De Haven to learn more about these donor recognition opportunities.

Alumni Park will be a beautiful enhancement to our campus, honoring past graduates and inspiring future graduates.  This is a great moment in time for alumni to come together and support something for ALL alumni. We hope you will consider a gift/pledge to Alumni Park

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Alumni Park will extend the social scene of the Lake Mendota waterfront, create a promenade along the east end of the lakeshore, incorporate a greenspace, and give UW students and alumni a new, beautiful area where they can enjoy their own Wisconsin experience.Alumni Park will extend the social scene of the Lake Mendota waterfront, create a promenade along the east end of the lakeshore, incorporate a greenspace, and give UW students and alumni a new, beautiful area where they can enjoy their own Wisconsin experience.Alumni Park will connect the UW's two most popular gathering places — the lakeshore and Library Mall — and create an inviting green space along a path dotted with artwork and landscaping.Birds eye view of Alumni Park.An outdoor classroom will connect on-campus learning to the meaning of the Wisconsin Idea and provide visitors a space for lifelong learning.The June dedication of the Goodspeed Family Pier marked the completion of phase one of park construction.

All designs by JJR Architects.
View hi-resolution images at uwalumni.com/alumnipark.