San Damiano Monona

Join our community-driven transformation of 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 our plan and commitment to a community-driven transformation of the property in a sustainable and values-centric way.
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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—

Transformation, grounded in community value

The San Damiano Friary possesses extraordinary environmental, historical, cultural, and recreational value. While a master plan has yet to be developed, we are committed to transforming the property in a manner which honors and celebrates each of these values. It must build on these critical pillars but also be sustainable, including financially.
Press and media—

Progress Report from the San Damiano Steering Committee: City and Friends Target Early 2022 to Begin Community Engagement and Master Planning Process

November 29, 2021
From our blog, read the the San Damiano Steering Committee's progress report on the activities of the last six months, what we've accomplished, what's coming next, and how you can help.
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Our next event—

San Damiano Volunteer Clean-up

Saturday, June 19, 2021
1:00 pm
5:00 pm

Come and get involved with a volunteer clean-up event on the San Damiano property.

  • Sign up for a task and slot at
  • Please bring supplies including work gloves, basic yard/garden tools, wheelbarrows, and yard carts
  • If you are not able to assist with clean up, feel free to bring a blanket or a picnic, or simply come stroll the property

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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