Madison residents had the opportunity to view current designs of the northeast side Imagination Center at Reindahl Park and provide feedback on the project during a virtual public input session on November 6.

The meeting was hosted by three of the four project partners — City of Madison Engineering, Madison Public Library, and Madison Parks — as well as JLA Architects, which is leading design of the facility and its surroundings. Madison Public Library Foundation is also a project partner and plans to fundraise $4.5 million of the $18.6 million project total; other funds will come from the city budget.

The new community facility, which will be constructed at 1818 Portage Road in Reindahl Park, will include the library’s 10th new location and an indoor, rentable park pavilion. The 17,500-square-foot facility, with about 12,000 feet dedicated to library use, will serve as a vibrant, multifunctional indoor-outdoor library and community space, bringing much-needed library and city services to an estimated 26,000 residents on the growing northeast side. With a serene setting, a combined city services menu, and an interweaving of nature, play, and learning, the center will lift up the whole city while closing service gaps and improving equity.

Construction is slated to begin in fall 2024, with project completion by early 2026. 

If you missed the public input session, watch the recording and view presentation slides at