Welcome to Alumni Park! Here, between Lake Mendota and Langdon Street, between Memorial Union and the Red Gym, you’ll find a place that celebrates the University of Wisconsin–Madison and its graduates.
Not only does Alumni Park give graduates, students, and visitors of all kinds a beautiful spot to enjoy, but it also tells the stories of the university and its alumni and the ways they’ve changed the world. As you scroll through these pages, you’ll find the people, things, and traditions that make UW–Madison unique.
The park’s story began in 2009, when then Wisconsin Alumni Association president Paula Bonner determined that WAA would create a green space at the most popular entryway to campus: on the lake, near State Street and the Memorial Union Terrace. She decided that this should be more than just a garden — it should celebrate the university’s most hallowed tradition: the Wisconsin Idea. Over the course of the next eight years, Bonner led fundraising efforts, convened a committee of alumni and UW staff to determine content, and built excitement among alumni, faculty, staff, and students.
Thus the park is more than merely beautiful. It also says something. Alumni Park tells the story of what it means to be a Badger. It’s an art gallery and a museum and a storehouse for the memories and achievements that Badgers have created in the seventeen decades since this great university held its first class.
By The Numbers
7,877 Trees, shrubs, grasses, and perennials planted
80 Length in feet of the Badger Pride Wall featuring Madison artist Nate Koehler’s whimsical renditions of UW icons
1.3 Size of the park in acres