Madison Senior Center Courtyard

Last Updated: 10/12/2022

courtyard photo

Project Description:

The Madison Senior Center courtyard is scheduled for transfer to the Parks Division as a public park and requires renovation. Parks will hold a series of public outreach sessions to gather community input on the desired amenities for the space. Information on previously held meetings is provided below, with additional community engagement anticipated this summer. Meeting notices will be posted to the Parks Division's social media sites, sent to neighborhood association representatives and surrounding residential addresses, and signs placed in the courtyard. We look forward to working with area residents and park users on this exciting addition to the Madison Parks system. Construction of the renovation is anticipated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2023, with the new courtyard space open for use in spring 2024.


Latest Update:

PD Zoning Amendment

The City of Madison Parks Division intends to file a Major Amendment to an Approved Planned Development for the Madison Senior Center Courtyard Renovation Project. The courtyard adjacent to the Senior Center is scheduled for transfer to the Parks Division as a public park to address downtown parkland deficiencies. The amendment revises courtyard uses to those consistent with Parks and Recreation (PR) Zoning.

The amendment requires Plan Commission and Common Council authorization, and the submittal begins the amendment process. Information on the Plan Commission and Council meeting dates will be posted here when available.

Urban Design Commission Review

The Parks Division submitted the Madison Senior Center Courtyard Renovation project to the Urban Design Commission, requesting initial and final approval at their October 26th meeting.  The proposed design is based on public input received through five community input meetings and two online surveys:

Madison Senior Center Courtyard UDC submittal 


Community Meeting on 9/20/22

Madison Parks held an in-person public meeting at the Madison Senior Center to review design refinements to the selected courtyard concept.

Madison Senior Center Courtyard Presentation


Urban Design Commission Review

The proposed courtyard design was revised based on community input and reviewed by the Urban Design Commission on August 17, 2022, @ 4:30 pm.

Madison Senior Center Courtyard UDC submittal

The presentation was for informational purposes and the Commission did not take action on the proposed design. 


Community Engagement Meetings

The City of Madison Parks Division held two public outreach sessions, one virtual, and one in-person, to gather community input on two concepts for the Madison Senior Center Courtyard renovation.

Online Meeting: Thursday, June 23, 2022, @ 6:30 pm.

In-person Meeting: Monday, June 27, 2022, @ 2:00 pm.
Location:
Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street

The presented options:

Parks staff and the design team are compiling the comments received during the meetings and from the online survey. Based on community input, Parks will present the preferred option (with potential refinements) to the Urban Design Commission.


Online Survey 2

The project design team developed two concept options based on the community input received during the initial outreach sessions. Parks posted a second survey to gather public input on the design options. The survey closed on July 10, 2022. Parks staff and the design team are compiling the survey results and community meeting input.
 


Community Meeting 1

The Parks Division, with Saiki Design, held an online project kick-off meeting on Thursday, April 21, 2022, @ 6:30 pm. The project team reviewed existing plaza conditions and gathered input from area residents and park users on potential improvements. 

Stakeholder Group Meeting 1

The Parks Division, with Saiki Design, held an in-person stakeholder group meeting at Capitol Centre Court Apartments on Thursday, May 5, 2022, @ 1:00 pm.  The project team reviewed existing plaza conditions and gathered input from residents and park users on potential improvements.

If you were unable to attend the scheduled meetings and would like to comment on the project, please contact Mike Sturm at (608) 267-4921 or msturm@cityofmadison.com.


Online survey

An initial online survey to gather community input before the schematic design was open from April 25 to May 20, 2022. The design team will use the results of the survey and meeting feedback to prepare courtyard options for review by area residents and courtyard users. 

Madison Senior Center Survey 1 Results

The project team will also share the results at the second public meeting for the project.
 


Fill out a comment card!

Project comment cards are available at the Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street, and in the Capitol Centre Court Apartments community room, 344 W. Dayton Street. Please share your thoughts on future courtyard improvements on the provided cards and drop them in the suggestion box. 


Existing Tree Health Report

In 2020, the Parks Division hired an independent assessment and review of the existing courtyard trees. The report was completed by a certified arborist and will inform future improvements to the courtyard.

Madison Senior Center Tree Health Report


Design Consultant Team

Update 3/28/22

The Parks Division hired a multi-disciplinary consultant team to lead the public engagement and redesign of the Madison Senior Center Courtyard. The City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the consultant contract that included a description of the scope of services, including community engagement, design development, construction documents, public works bidding, and construction observation. The received proposals were reviewed and scored by an evaluation panel, and Saiki Design was selected to lead the project (file#69296).

Please contact Mike Sturm at (608) 267-4921 or msturm@cityofmadison.com. with questions regarding the courtyard project.