Urban Open Space Foundation: Local Trucking Company helps out at Madison Central Park



200 North Blount Street

Madison Wisconsin 53703


Briana Meier
255 9877, x13 [email protected]

MADISON – The soil pile growing on an open field at the corner of Ingersoll
and East Wilson streets is a down payment on Madison’s future Central Park.

The Urban Open Space Foundation is allowing Terra Engineering and
Construction Company to store clean fill on the site through the spring. In
return, the company will pay the foundation $25,000 in cash and in-kind
services to go toward advancing the planned 17-acre park and eventually
developing its facilities. The company will remove the extra soil before
summer and will grade and seed the site as part of initial site preparation
work for Central Park.

“The soil storage agreement will advance our goals for creating Central
Park at the same time it benefits the developer and the community,” says
Heather Mann, UOSF executive director. The company gains close-in storage
space for fill for an upcoming project and the community gains cleaner air
because the fill will be trucked shorter distances. The storage site was
recently capped with soil to provide a buffer between humans and heavy metal
contaminants in the ground. Since the site was already bare and recently
disturbed it provided a perfect place for temporary soil storage.

“The extra soil to be stored on the Central Park site has been tested and
found to be free of contaminants and approved by the Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources,” Project Coordinator Briana Meier says. The foundation
also has received the necessary permits for the work, including a city
erosion control permit and a storm water discharge permit from DNR.

Terra Engineering and Construction will remove the dirt as needed for its
project. The site will be cleared of extra soil, graded and seeded by Summer
2005, Meier says. To accommodate the East Side Farmers Market that begins in
late spring on the Central Park site, trucks delivering or removing soil
from the site will not be active at the site on Tuesdays after 2 p.m. during
the market season.

The Urban Open Space Foundation works with communities to create and
revitalize public places. We’re committed to helping them achieve their
full natural, cultural and economic potential through quality open space