This is a beautiful example of how encouraging cultural activities at a park can have many benefits. Neglected public spaces--even tiny greenways--can become places where neighbors connect.
"Friends of Olin-Turville (FOOT) was established in 2010 through the cooperative efforts of the Bay Creek Neighborhood Association and the South Madison Police District. The organization's goals are to control inappropriate park use, preserve and improve the park's facilities and landscapes, and encourage the community to rediscover the park's unique offerings. The idea is based on the success of groups like Friends of the Arboretum. From their website
Read an article about reclaiming the park from illegal behavior.