Green/Community Spaces

Across cultures, age groups, and nationalities there is one common custom that brings people together: sharing a meal. The Madison Public Market will be a place that creates community and brings people together through a celebration of local food. Many opportunities for place-making will be integrated into the Public Market design and programming. Inside the Market, small art galleries, community meeting spaces, performance areas and even shared commercial kitchen space can all promote a sense of community.

An outdoor community space currently being considered includes a market plaza to provide outdoor seating, performance space, outdoor vending spaces, space for food carts and a variety of amenities that take advantage of the beautiful Madison weather, especially on the warm days of spring, summer and fall.

Adjacent to the Public Market is Burr Jones Field, an expansive green space bordered by the Yahara river and the Yahara River bike path. The Public Market design will include a connection to the park. Imagine taking your lunch out to the park for a picnic. Or canoeing up the Yahara River to a Public Market boat launch. Perhaps, after you’ve filled up at the Market, you might grab a B-Cycle and head down the Bike Path to ride along picturesque Lake Mendota or Monona. Or, ride up to the Square and to State Street. Because of the Market’s fantastic location on Madison’s near East-Side, all of these options become possible.

“I am excited about the sensory experience that the Madison Public Market will offer. Some of my most memorable travel experiences have been the sights and smells of souks and markets in North Africa and South America. It is so great to meet the people who produce the products.” - Tom Otto, Economic Development Specialist, City of Madison

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