By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Madison Mayor and City Council gave the green light for the development of two new parks in the city to move forward—a “Tot Lot,” which is a playground for children under the age of 5, and the first phase of Lambert Park, which will be a large community space on North Main Street.
At Monday Night’s regular meeting, the council unanimously voted to approve two contracts for each of the projects totaling about $165,000.
The Martin Tot Lot, which is planned for a vacant lot next to St. Paul’s AME Church on Whitehall Street, has been years in the making and will cost $49,161 to construct. Piedmont Designs won the city’s bid and will begin building the Tot Lot later this month.
The first phase of development of Lambert Park on North Main Street will also soon commence and cost $115,574. According to the city’s bid package, “the construction of the first phase of a neighborhood park development including a gravel parking area, pedestrian circulation, art courtyards and seat wall, site furniture, fencing, and landscaping with associated clearing, grading, erosion control, and landscaping for 2.6+/- acres of disturbance.”
City Planner Monica Callahan thanked all the community partners who worked to make each of these projects come to fruition.
For the Tot Lot, Callahan thanked Breco Realty for making a “substantial donation,” the local neighborhood, which conducted fundraisers for the project in the amount of $3,500, an anonymous donor who matched those funds.
She also thanked Zeke Lambert for donating $10,000 for the project.
Callahan thanked Madison’s Downtown Development Authority for spearheading the Lambert Park project to create park “equal in stature on North Main as we have on South Main.”
She thanked Christine Lambert for acquiring and donating the land for the park.
“She made this happen,” said Callahan.
The next phases of development of Lambert Park will include restrooms, public art, a dog park, and memorialized benches.
To find out more information on how to get involved with making the future phases come to fruition, contact Monica Callahan at the city: 706-342-1251 Ext. 207.