Alumni Park will be a year-round celebration of how alumni fulfill the Wisconsin Idea through service, discovery, tradition, legacy, progress, and leadership, inspiring positive change in the world.
A new lakefront destination, the discovery points throughout Alumni Park will encourage conversation, creative collaboration and personal reflection.Click on the image to enlarge it.
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 taking a poorly utilized parking lot 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.
The June dedication of the Goodspeed Family Pier marked the completion of phase one of park construction. With assistance from campus and the state of Wisconsin, we've already 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 craft.
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 a new, beautiful area where they can enjoy their own Wisconsin experience.
WAA is proud to partner with project architects Uihlein Wilson Architects; landscape architects SmithGroupJJR, and world-renowned exhibit design and storytelling firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates toward the completion of the Alumni Park vision.
The Goodspeed Family Pier is now open! Brought to the Lake Mendota shore by WAA, this boat-access pier welcomes the community to the future Alumni Park and the UW-Madison campus. Named in honor of Mary Sue Goodspeed Shannon '81 and her family, the pier features:
> Dock space for up to 25 watercraft > More than 330 linear feet of boardwalk > Environmentally sustainable construction > Improved water flow for the UW lakeshore
Click here to learn more about the pier and its hours of operation.