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Improvements to the Tip of Picnic Point:
Preliminary design concepts
On June 9, 2009, an initial public meeting was held on the UW-Madison campus to introduce preliminary design concepts for site improvements at the end of Picnic Point (news release). UW-Madison Facilities Planning and Management staff, along with landscape architecture consultants from Ken Saiki Design, provided information on the need for the project and some possible design options.
The 2006 Lakeshore Nature Preserve master plan provided a conceptual basis for the improvements. Early designs were reviewed and revised with input from a work group that included representatives of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve Committee, the Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve and Facilities Planning and Management staff.
A PowerPoint slideshow was presented at the June 9 public meeting which included a photographic tour of the existing site, a summary of the issues the project intends to address and six design concepts.
The Picnic Point improvements will target site issues including soil compaction, erosion and invasive vegetation. By keeping foot traffic to certain areas, removing invasive vegetation, restoring a native groundcover to hold the soil in place, and planting native shrubs to enhance the sites ecology, the site will become far more beautiful and healthy than it is today. Protecting the shorelines from additional erosion will also be addressed as part of the project.
The concept plans represent a variety of ideas about what could be done with the project. The intent is to protect the resource that is Picnic Point by providing a concentrated space to accommodate larger groups that traditionally gather at the Point. Designs for a gathering area draw on inspiration from stone council rings similar to ones that can be visited throughout the Madison area
The second portion of the project includes creating natural stone steps down to the water's edge to improve access over the severely compacted and eroding paths that currently exist.
A second public meeting was held on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 to share a revised concept plan and take additional public comment. A presentation was shared with the group and in general the concept was met with support. Notes from the Nov. 9 public meeting are available for review.
Tentative project schedule:
If you have questions or comments regarding this presentation or preliminary designs please contact:
Gary Brown, Director, Lakeshore Nature Preserve & Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture, UW-Madison Facilities Planning and Management: firstname.lastname@example.org