Alumni Park: A Gift to the Heart of UW-Madison A new promenade and green space called Alumni Park along the shore of Lake Mendota at the east end of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus will soon be a vibrant area where UW students and alumni can enjoy their Wisconsin experience.
Alumni Park is a gift to the campus from the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) as a finale to the organization’s year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary.
The park will create a promenade that connects UW’s most popular gathering places — the shore of Lake Mendota and Library Mall — in the corridor that runs between the Red Gym and the Memorial Union, from Lake Mendota to Langdon Street.
“This special place — the heart of the UW campus — is the backdrop for so many student and alumni memories that make us Badgers to the soul,” said Paula Bonner MS’78, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Alumni Association.
“Friends I Made 50 Years Ago” Badger nostalgia and memories will join with a look at campus innovations and research as more than 200 alumni from the Class of 1963 are expected to return for the reunion weekend, Sept. 19–21.
A record-setting reunion gift of more than $700,000 from the Class of 1963 will support Alumni Park, a new greenspace on the shore of Lake Mendota.
“The UW gave me an opportunity to get a quality education, and it exposed me to a diversity of people and viewpoints while giving me the confidence to enter the business world,” said Jere Fluno ’63, who is to present the class gift during the reunion weekend. “I’m looking forward to returning the favor by giving back and seeing the reaction of my fellow classmates when they see what we’ve accomplished.”
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