If you continue driving northwest on Northport Drive just beyond Warner Park, you’ll soon reach the Lerdahl Park Neighborhood. Sitting along the picturesque northern shores of Lake Mendota on Madison’s far north side, Lerdahl Park is a quiet place with undeniable charm.
The neighborhood is bordered by Troy Gardens on the north, Marcy Road to the east, Woodward Drive on the south, and Harper Road to the west, but it’s that lake shoreline that stands out. Mature trees line the neighborhood streets and serve as a backdrop to the sparkling waters. Houses here are a mix of large lakefront homes and the more modest single-family homes and co-housing options of Troy Gardens.
Troy Gardens is a unique community project that has won awards for its innovation. This community within a community (neighborhood) includes the city’s largest urban farm with garden plots available to members, as well as herb and flower gardens and a restored prairie. All with an emphasis on the environment and environmental education.
The Lerdahl Park Neighborhood Association was revitalized a few years back, with neighbors coming together for the good of their community. The biggest change? A renovated playground in Lerdahl Park that’s now the focus of the neighborhood. And the association has built on the excitement generated by the playground to new neighborhood activities, such as an Annual Picnic in the Park, a Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Contest, a Neighborhood Garage Sale, and other gatherings in the park.
There are several community centers serving this neighborhood — the Warner Park Community Rec Center, Northport Community Center, and Packers Community Center, all conveniently located on Northport Drive.
Students in the Lerdahl Park neighborhood attend Mendota Elementary School, Blackhawk Middle School, and East High School. The Lakeview Branch of the Madison Public Library is also close by on North Sherman Avenue.
Lerdahl Park is within walking distance of Warner Park, where neighbors can walk along the beach, take in a Mallards baseball game or enjoy the many park amenities. Other popular destinations nearby include Governor’s Island, Cherokee Marsh and, of course, Lerdahl Park.
Sitting on wooded land, separated from the neighboring neighborhoods by the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, The Wisconsin Center, and Mendota Mental Health Center, Lerdahl Park is somewhat isolated — but in a good sort of way. Residents says it’s almost like a quaint and quiet village of its own. Sounds ideal.