Vilas (Henry) Park Master Plan
Last Updated: 03/11/2021
The Final Master Plan for Vilas Park was presented at the Board of Park Commissioners at its March 10, 2021 meeting and was approved for adoption during the session
Information from the meeting can be accessed online at: https://www.cityofmadison.com/city-hall/committees/board-of-park-commissioners
MSA developed a Storymap offering additional information on the final master plan design and visual simulations - it can be accessed at: https://arcg.is/1L5uSf0
The public comment period on the plan opened on 2/4/2021 and concluded 2-18-2021
Phase III of the master plan project included the presentation and review of the Draft and Final Master Plans (information from these and all of the project meetings is posted at the links, below), and will include an introduction of the master plan report at the Board of Park Commissioners meeting in March!
Vilas Park Master Plan Meetings Summary
Community Partners Advisory / Resident Resource Group Joint Meeting 2-18-2021
Community Input Meeting #4; 2-4-2021
Community Input Meeting #4 to present the proposed Final Master Plan for Vilas Park was held online using Zoom Meetings and had over 130 registrants!
The purpose of the meeting was to introduce and discuss the Final Master Plan and to update attendees on the remaining steps in the project timeframe which include the process for review and approvals that a Final Master Plan Report will follow. The public comment period to respond to the Final Master Plan opened immediately following the meeting and will close on 2-18-2021. Those wishing to submit comments on the plan can direct them to VilasMasterPlan@cityofmadison.com
Board of Park Commissioners Informational Presentation of Draft Final Master Plan 1-13-2021
South Metropolitan Planning Council (SMPC) Informational Presentation 12-14-2020
The Draft Final Master Plan for Vilas Park will be reviewed and discussed at an informational presentation to the Council at its December meeting.
Clean Lakes Alliance - Yahara Lakes 101 Informational Presentation 12-9-2020
Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp together with staff from MSA Professional Services, Inc. presented the Draft Final Master Plan at the Yahara Lakes 101 Lake Science Cafe
Urban Design Commission (UDC) Informational Presentation 12-2-2020
At the recommendation of the staff liaison to UDC, the project team made an informational presentation on the Draft Final Vilas Park Master Plan at the Commission's December meeting.
Vilas Park Master Plan Phase I & II Public Engagement Benchmark Report October 2020
Community Input Meeting #3; 11-16-2020
Community Input Meeting #3 to present the Draft Final Master Plan for Vilas Park was held online using Zoom Meetings and had over 160 registrants!
The purpose of the meeting was to introduce and discuss the Draft Final Master Plan and to update attendees on the remaining steps in the project timeframe as well as to discuss the process for review and approvals that a Final Master Plan Report will follow. The public comment period to respond to the Draft Final Master Plan closed on 12-4-2020 - thanks to all who responded to the public comment survey and/or sent in comments to VilasMasterPlan@cityofmadison.com - survey results are posted, below.
VPMP REVISED_Updated Decision Matrix 2020-11-10 (PLEASE NOTE: following the CPAG/RRG meeting on 10/15/20, an error in the earlier version of the Decision Matrix describing agreements between the City and Dane Co for zoo parking has been removed - the original remains with the other items presented during that discussion, below)
VPMP StoryMap can also be accessed at https://arcg.is/1fTuW5
Community Partners Advisory - Resident Resource Group Combined Meeting #4; 10-15-2020
Development Assistance Team (DAT) Meeting 9-24-2020
Interagency Staff Meeting #6; 9-16-2020
Interagency Staff Meeting #5; 7-23-2020
Phase II of the Vilas Park Master Plan was completed in July 2020
VILAS PARK MASTER PLAN PHASE II MEETINGS SUMMARY:
Community Input Meeting #2; 6-22-2020
Community Input Meeting #2 was held online using Zoom Meetings and had over 170 attendees! The purpose of the meeting was to introduce and discuss the three master plan concepts and to update attendees on the project timeframe and discuss the process for review and approvals that a draft final and eventually final master plan will follow. Additional materials from this session will be posted to this site as they become available. Attendees as well as those unable to attend or who were unaware of the meeting were encouraged to review the concepts (available at the links below this section) and complete the concepts survey which was available through July 12, 2020.
Vilas Park Master Plan Concepts Survey (open 5-7-2020 to 7-12-2020)
Vilas Park Master Plan Concepts
Midvale - Lincoln Elementary Youth Engagement follow-up; 6-8-2020 to 6-15-2020
Students from Midvale-Lincoln Elementary School were asked to watch a short video and answer questions via online survey regarding their preferences for park amenities; MMSD faculty shared information in both Spanish and English with students from the schools, which are part of MMSD's Dual Language Instruction (DLI) program, as part of distance learning communications and over 70 students and families responded!
Board of Park Commissoners Project Update; 6-10-2020
NOTE: this item was deferred to the July 10, 2020 meeting after having originally appeared on the 6/10/20 meeting agenda
PLEASE NOTE: those wishing to view the items presented during the meeting must first register by finding the meeting at https://www.cityofmadison.com/city-hall/committees/meeting-schedule and then indicating a wish to speak
Staff Meeting with Access for Independence; 5-22-2020
Regulatory Meeting with US Army Corp of Engineers
Staff Meeting with The Ho-Chunk Nation; 5-14-2020
Interagency Staff Meeting #4; 4-27-2020
Community Partners Advisory - Resident Resource Group Combined Meeting #3; 4-24-2020
Interagency Staff Meeting #3; 2-13-2020
Board of Park Commissioners Project Update; 2-12-2020
Community Partners Advisory Group Meeting #2; 2-11-2020
Resident Resource Group Meeting #2; 2-10-2020
Youth Workshop #1 at Boys and Girls Club Dane Co.; 2-6-2020
Phase I of the Vilas Park Master Plan was completed in December 2019 (NOTE: the Phase I Vilas Park Master Plan survey remained open through 1-31-2020)
Phase I Project Materials: Site Analysis, Neighborhood & Community Engagement can be found, below:
Vilas Park Master Plan Survey Results are in! Thanks to all who submitted responses (496 were received!) before the survey close date of 1-31-2020.
The full report is available at the link, below:
The Greenbush and Vilas Neighborhood Associations held meetings with their membership on 1-27-2020 and 1-22-2020, respectively, to obtain additional input on the project from residents of those neighborhoods. Summary information and from the meetings as well as survey results that were developed by the GNA and VNA that were shared with Parks are included, below:
In addition to comments received via the Vilas Park Master Plan Survey, project email address and completed Comment Cards, Consultants MSA Professional Services, Inc. and subconsultant Urban Assets, LLC collected input during Phase I of the project via on-site intercept interviews with park users, meetings with City of Madison Planning, Engineering, Parks, Traffic Engineering and Metro staff; WiDNR staff; Army Corps of Engineers staff and engaging community members through Resident Resource Group, Community Partners Advisory Group and Focus Group sessions with Bayview Center and Badger Rock Community Center. Meeting notes and materials from these sessions can be found, below.
Resident Resource Group Meeting #1; 11-6-2019
Meeting follow-up: As part of the Vilas Park master planning process, the Parks Department is seeking additional input from neighborhood associations and their residents. Members of the Resident Resource Group were asked to share the following information with their respective neighborhood associations and to return responses to the consultant team by January 31, 2020.
Neighborhood Association Input Instructions