On a hilltop overlooking Madison's west side, this park was the farm and personal retreat of former University Professor Edward T. Owen. Today, prairies and oak savannas have risen like a phoenix to reclaim the landscape. Coneflowers, goldenrod, and bluestem are among the many plants that yield a harvest of ever-changing color and texture throughout the year.
In 2008, construction was completed on 3 stormwater/wildlife ponds in the southwest corner of the park near Jetty Dr. The ponds replaced an eroded channel that carried tons of sediment to Lake Mendota every year. The first 2 ponds trap nearly 70% of the sediment. The third pond functions chiefly as additional wildlife habitat. Native prairie plants, trees and shubs surround the ponds. The ponds have been planted with aquatic plants. Having permanent water habitat will attract additional wildlife e.g. herons, wood ducks, shorebirds.