About half the wood was from storm-damaged trees, provided by the City of Madison Forestry Division. Gere Tree Care helped Peter bring the wood to the council ring on a sledge.
Glenwood Childrens Park was designed by the famous landscape architect Jens Jensen, one of his last projects. Except for the council ring, his plans were never finished, and the tiny stream was later buried in pipes.
Jensen is known for designing many parks on the west side of Chicago, and for the Garfield Park Conservatory building in Chicago. Jensen promoted the idea of parks as place to bring people together for democratic action. So many of them have council rings like the one at Glenwood. His work built appreciation for natural landscapes and native plants.
Once looked like this?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Now it's dry and eroded
There's potential for a lovely restoration here.
Early Madisonians took blocks of sandstone from a small quarry there. Next, tracks were laid along the upstream end--now you can see the council ring from the bike trail.
Until the last few years, the park was neglected. But it's getting more attention and use. In recent years, it's been the location for Madison's Weed Feed (a potluck picnic) in the spring, and also a summer solstice celebration.
Lanterns thanks to Dorie Sundquist and Percy Mather.