Was formed in 2011 with the mission of “preserving & enhancing Olin-Turville Park through stewardship, activities, education, and advocacy.” Friends of Olin-Turville (FOOT) grew out of the cooperative efforts of the Bay Creek Neighborhood Association and the South Madison Police District. The first impetus for organizing appears to have been focused on reducing, or eliminating, “inappropriate park use,” but has since expanded to a wide range activities that preserve and enhance the park’s facilities and landscapes.
Olin-Turville Park is a conservation park unit of the Madison Parks Division. Madison conservation parks emphasize the conservation and restoration of native Wisconsin plant and animal communities. The support of citizen groups such as FOOT is critical to the success of the small conservation parks staff that is responsible for about 1,600 acres of conservation parkland.
Friends of Olin Turville is modeled on other successful area “Friends” groups such as the Friends of the Arboretum (FOA) and in general plans and hosts activities that encourage citizens to rediscover and re-engage with the local watershed in general, and Olin-Turville in particular.
Most recently, on Friday June 1, FOOT hosted the kick-off event of Take a Stake in the Lakes Days by hosting nearly 200 volunteer staff from Land’s End in a shoreline clean-up of Lake Monona, an invasive plants pull, and a native plant restoration project.