Friends of Hoyt Park maintain, improve community gathering place while creating lasting relationships

Community interest and engagement in Hoyt Park has been integral to the park’s restoration and upkeep. The City of Madison gained property rights to the park in 1890, and at the time, the 24 acres of land was stone quarry, according to the City of Madison Parks Division’s website. Operations in the stone quarry ended in 1933, and the park began to be developed during the Great Depression when programs like the Works Progress Administration and Civil Works Administration employed workers to improve different areas of the land. 

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East Side development brings concern, hope

Madison has been drastically changing in recent years, and the East Side has been subject to much of this development. 

High-rise condos, a Festival Foods and music venues have replaced the parking lots and shuttered factories that once stood along the East Washington Avenue Corridor. The once-booming Oscar Mayer campus is heading toward a facelift, and the Darbo-Worthington neighborhood is preparing for an expansion of the existing Salvation Army campus at 630 E. Washington Ave. 

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