LA students’ capstone presentations this week include a 50-year vision for a 40-acre South Madison parcel

Landscape Architecture seniors will be presenting their 2012 Undergraduate Capstone  projects this week on May 7, 8 and 9 from 6-9 p.m. in 1164 Mechanical Engineering.

One of those presenting will be Wally Graeber, who worked with the South Metropolitan Planning Councilthe Bram’s Addition Neighborhood Association, and Penn Park Partners to produce a vision for the improvement of multiple community assets on the southside of Madison.

“I have assisted in the planning of a new neighborhood park and the revitalization a forty acre commercial and low-income residential zone,” Graeber says.

His project is described in this article reprinted from the neighborhood newsletter:

A partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Bram’s Addition Neighborhood Association has begun this spring with assistance from Wally Graeber, a senior in the Landscape Architecture Department. Wally, who has a history of leading gardening and cooking classes with middle and high school age children at the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County will now be focusing his efforts on a much larger scale than backyard plots and weekly cooking demonstrations.

Input from the Bram’s Addition Neighborhood Association, Penn Park Partners and the South  Metropolitan Planning Council members will  help shape a 50-year vision for a 40-acre master plan located north of W. Badger Road,  east of Park Street, south of Penn Park and  west of the Union Pacific rail line. The plan, entitled “Murphy’s Back 40” will incorporate new assets including a community center, multiple community gardening opportunities, increased affordable housing options, safe open space and athletic facilities, a year-round farmer’s market and art gallery space, and performance areas spread throughout  the development.