City to launch design competition for Olin Park waterfront

With the intent to create a “must-see” regional destination, the city of Madison will hold a competition to help transform the Lake Monona waterfront between Williamson Street and Olin Park, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report. The competition will invite designers to create a master plan that would better connect the Capitol Square and nearby neighborhoods to the lake. Other goals of the plan include improving water quality and aquatic habitat, celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural legacy, and preserving the lake’s cultural history.

The city will draft a “request for qualifications” as a first step in finding potential designers. The competition would be structured so that up to three design team finalists would get $75,000 each to create draft plans, while the chosen team would receive a contract of up to $200,000 to refine its draft plan into a preferred master plan.