Last Updated: 04/20/2022

Latest Update

Feb. 03, 2022
The Pre-Design Presentation from the Jan. 27, 2022 Public Information Meeting Recording can be found "HERE".
A public outreach email link for the Imagination Center at Reindahl Park has been added in the "Project Contacts" section to the right on this page.

Project Overview

Madison Public Library is planning a new library and community facility at Reindahl Park. The proposed “Imagination Center at Reindahl Park” will not be an ordinary library. It will be a transformational space designed and directed by the northeast Madison community. The Imagination Center at Reindahl Park will be a place for the community to gather and learn. It will be a safe place for social interaction, civic engagement, and cultural expression. The center will focus on holistic health and expanding economic opportunities for library visitors.  Please visit the Imagination Center at Reindahl Park Scoping Study and Imagination Center at Reindahl Park for additional information.

Project Schedule

City User Agency: Madison Public Library
Design and Planning: 2019-2022

1st Advertisement of Bid: TBD
Bid Due date, TBD
Construction Start date: TBD
Expected Completion: TBD
LEED Goals: LEED Silver Minimum

Public Involvement

There are a number of points of contact during this project where the public is encouraged to give feedback as part of public information meetings and public hearings. Dates, times and locations are indicated below:

Public Information Meetings

Jan. 27, 2022 Public Information Meeting Recording
Jan. 27, 2022 Public Information Meeting Pre-Design Presentation

City Process Meetings

April 19, 2022 File #70661
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute an amendment to the existing Purchase of Services contract (Architect) between the City of Madison and Joseph Lee & Associates, LLC to provide professional architectural and engineering design services and construction administrative services for the Imagination Center at Reindahl Park project located at 1818 Portage Road

March 03, 2021 File #63945
Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a competitively selected, two-step contract for Purchase of Services (Architect) with Joseph Lee & Associates, LLC to provide professional architectural and engineering design services and construction administration services for the design and construction of the Reindahl Imagination Center/Library

In the News

January 26, 2022 Wisconsin State Journal

Madison unveils $16.1 million "Imagination Center" with library, pavilion at Reindahl Park

Mar. 04, 2020: The Cap Times

From civic space to child care, east side residents envision possibilities for proposed Reindahl Imagination Center        

Nov. 19, 2019: City of Madison News
Soil Drilling, Testing to Begin in Reindahl Park

Oct. 17, 2019: The Cap Times
Ald. Samba Baldeh: Reindahl Park library would bring services to those with greatest needs

Oct. 08, 2019 Channel 15.com
Snakes and slides: How locals are imagining the Reindahl "Imagination Center"

Jun. 17, 2019: The Cap Times
Reindahl Imagination Center would be more than 'a library in a park'

Soil borings were taken the first week of December 2019 to test the soil for its consistency, strength and durability for the future Reindahl Park Imagination Center:
Reindahl Park Imagination Ctr Soil Boring
After the borings are completed, the holes are filled:

Reindahl Imagination Center Soil Boring Filled