Packed with Potential

A riverfront park provides access, where there once was none, to the Yahara River.

Years ago, in the small city of Monona, Wis., the citizens wondered if they could develop a waterfront attraction—given that most of the city’s water access already had been developed. And the city’s neighboring, much larger state capital, Madison, had laid claim to other potential waterfront sites. There was one spot, along the Yahara River, that in Monona connects Lake Monona to Lake Waubesa. But it was an ugly-duckling location, where charming homes looked upon an opposite shore filled with dilapidated buildings, environmental contamination, and nothing to play up the beauty of the river on whose banks the houses perched.

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Published in Parks & Rec Business.

Redevelopment vision, Monona riverfront