San Damiano Monona

A one-of-a-kind Lake Monona destination built on environmental, historical, cultural, and recreational value.

The property

The property known as San Damiano has been described as epic, iconic, even magical – and it is all of these and more.
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The project

View the history of this project and our commitment to a community-driven master planning process for the property.
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About us

Learn about the Friends of San Damiano, how to contact us, and see press and media related to San Damiano Monona.
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Our vision—

Conservation, grounded in community value

The San Damiano property possesses extraordinary environmental, historical, cultural, and recreational value. While the master plan is being developed, the Friends of San Damiano are committed to advocating for conserving the property in a manner that honors and celebrates each of these values.
San Damiano property tree in fall colors
San Damiano lakefront shoreline with rock wall

San Damiano survey results presented

October 25, 2022
City of Monona leaders tasked with plotting the way forward for Monona’s San Damiano property last week hosted a public information meeting presenting the results of a public survey that gauged residents’ hopes for the historic site under city ownership.
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Our next event—

Celebration On The Shore

Friday, September 8, 2023
5:00 pm
11:00 pm
Join us for our Inaugural CELEBRATION ON THE SHORE on property at San Damiano, featuring a spectacular dinner, live jazz, silent and live auctions and a brief program, all under a big-top tent!

Friday, September 8th: 6-11pm - 5pm VIP admission


This event will be a tremendous and lively opportunity to be in community and support the future of the largest privately funded endeavor Monona has ever undertaken for the community.

We are excited to share with you our mission and vision for San Damiano, an iconic and largely natural 10-acre parcel on Lake Monona, now owned by the City of Monona. Our goal at the San Damiano property is to offer recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

The Friends have partnered with the City to raise the funds necessary to develop the property for the enjoyment of all in the Madison metro area. Your generous contribution to attend our Inaugural Event will directly impact the quality of life for our community by helping us maintain and enhance the park's resources. We hope you will consider supporting San Damiano Park and join us in creating a sustainable and welcoming community space on Lake Monona for generations to come.

We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn this iconic site into an environmental, historical, cultural, and recreational gem for all to enjoy.

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