Sasaki design for Lake Monona waterfront meets public approval

A new design for the Lake Monona waterfront created by international design firm Sasaki has outstripped its competitors, according to recent survey results published in an article by The Capital Times. Public feedback provided in an online portal between January and March showed that Sasaki’s design was preferred over those of its primary competitors for the project, Agency Landscape + Planning of Cambridge, Massachusetts and James Corner Field Operations of New York City. The design would redevelop the waterfront area from Law Park to Olin Park.

The survey, which received 2,472 responses, asked for feedback on each of the three designs in several categories, including reflection of Madison residents’ priorities, potential to improve Lake Monona for the community, positive impact of residents’ quality of life, and likelihood to draw visitors to the city. The Ad Hoc Committee has stated it will take these survey results into account, among other factors, in creating its own ranking of all three design concepts and will choose a winner by early May. A final design blueprint will be presented to the Madison City Council around August and will afterward be evaluated by various city approval panels.