Concept A. Includes Landbridge over Water St., Island overlook and small Trailhead Shelter

Concept B. Includes Cantilevered overlook, expanded parking and Large Multipurpose facility for classes and events

Ellen Kort Peace Park

UPDATE: 5.1.17  On May 4th, Lunde-Williams unveiled their concepts of the Peace Park design to the general public at the Scheig center in Memorial Park with warm results. There is a lot to digest here for anyone who has not participated to date, so take some time to take it all in. 

The plan moves next to Parks and Rec for approval before it moves to Common Council. Keep in mind that these are concepts only to help establish a general notion of what the park could look like and determine some cost estimate for the various components. This is not a final design.


Ellen Kort was named Wisconsin’s first poet laureate in 2000. She helped found the Fox Cities Book Festival, taught hundreds of students of all ages. Ellen had the ability to make every person she met feel important, valued and significant to this world. She healed the grieving with words of beauty, humor and peace and inspired young and old to embrace their feelings end express the best humanity had to offer. 

In 2016, Sculpture Valley helped introduce a resolution to name the former water treatment plant and WE Energies brown site along Water Street as the "Ellen Kort Peace Park". In the fall of 2016, the Ellen Kort Peace Park Initiative Committee of Sculpture Valley meet a half dozen times to craft a design brief to help define the wants and needs of the future park design.

The committee consisted of Kort family members, neighborhood representative, alderpersons, arts advocates and residents. This design brief was presented to Parks and Recreation in January.

As the Ellen Kort Peace Park begins to take shape, Scuplture Valley encourages anyone interested in what the park should be to follow the progress on the Friends of Ellen Kort Facebook Page. The awarded design firm of Lunde-Williams based in Madison, is working through its preliminary big picture idea phase and is meeting with the Peace Park Advisory Committee on a regular basis. We at Sculpture Valley are keenly aware of the potential for this pinnacle destination park to become a significant part of our identity. We encourage you to leaf through our inspiration galleries and let us know if you spot something that you feel would be a great fit for the park. 

Sculptural Benches

Landbridges and Boardwalks