Sasaki plan for Monona lakefront redesign sees multiple adjustments 

Denver’s Sasaki has made a series of changes to its “Voices of the Lake” redesign of the Lake Monona waterfront to address concerns and improve feasibility, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

The design, extending along the waterfront from Williamson Street to Olin Park, has been reworked to address feedback about elements blocking views from lower floors of residences on East Wilson Street; pedestrian and bicycle safety at crossings on John Nolen drive; and overall practicality.

Among the changes are a phased approach to an elevated promenade, pedestrian bridge, and park covering John Nolen Drive to the east of Monona Terrace; a pedestrian and bike bridge west of the convention center will be eliminated in favor of an underpass between North Shore Drive and South Broom Street.

The plan’s primary features, including new lake access, wetlands and water quality improvements, and safer pedestrian and bike paths, remain unchanged. Sasaki was scheduled to share revised plans and take community input at a public meeting Monday night. On Wednesday, the ad hoc committee will review feedback and provide instruction for further improvements to be implemented before the master plan is introduced to the City Council this fall.