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, we are committed to advocating for conserving the property in a manner that honors and celebrates each of these values.

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—

Biergarten at San Damiano

Friday, July 15, 2022
5:00 pm
8:00 pm

Join us for the first Biergarten at San Damiano! Enjoy amazing views, beer, food trucks, yard games, live music, & house tours.

Tours of the house will be provided in small groups starting at 5:00 pm and every half hour up until 8:00 pm.

Entertainment: Slow Burn, a harmony-driven cover band combining soul, R&B, folk, and fun, will be playing from 6:00-8:00 pm. These seasoned musicians and songwriters will get you out of your seat and dancing.

What to bring: Lawn chairs or blankets. Cash – this is a cash-only event.

Parking: There is very limited parking at San Damiano. We recommend walking or biking. You may park on Winnequah Road or at Monona Grove Highschool and walk to the San Damiano entrance on Monona Drive. 

This event is co-hosted by Monona Parks & Recreation and the Friends of San Damiano.

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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