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—

San Damiano Purchase Awarded "Urban Project of the Year"

January 13, 2021
The City of Monona is pleased to announce that the Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA) has recognized the City’s purchase of the former San Damiano Friary property at 4123 Monona Drive as Urban Project of the Year at an award ceremony on January 13th.
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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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