Who Was Kyle Stiegert?
(1959-2022) was a UW-Madison professor of agricultural
economics, a Fitchburg resident, and an avid bicyclist. As he neared the
end of a long battle with lung disease, he asked that he be remembered
by the development of a small park along his beloved Capital City State
Trail. His widow Dawn and Bike Fitchburg have undertaken to make Kyle's
wish a reality. Read Kyle's obituary
to learn more about him.
What Is Proposed?
The Kyle Stiegert Greenway
conceptual plan shows a gravel path, similar to the path at Sunnyside Park, parallel and connecting to the
Capital City State Trail. Along the path are envisioned benches, a
monument remembering Kyle, a Little Free Library, and native prairie
plantings. A concrete pad with bicycle parking and a public repair stand
are planned at the east junction of the path and the Trail. Invasive
plant species will be removed.
Over time, additional path links could be built, including a link up the
slope to Yarmouth Greenway Drive. More plantings could be added. A
Friends group is planned to do maintenance such as weeding and litter
Who Is Working On This Project?
Lots of volunteer
effort has gone into the plan so far. The UW-Madison Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture
allocated funds to pay senior student Will Kegel to develop initial concepts. Katie
MacDonald, Principal Engineer at Parkitecture + Planning
time to survey the site and develop an erosion control and grading plan.
Steve Arnold, Bike Fitchburg
Treasurer, serves as the financial agent
for the project.
The project is on property owned by the City of Fitchburg
supported by the Fitchburg Park Commission and staff of Parks,
Recreation, & Forestry Department and Parks/Forestry Maintenance. The
project is coordinated with Dane County Parks
, the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources
, and the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage
What Happens Next?
At the suggestion
of Fitchburg's Planning and Zoning staff, Dawn Stiegert
has formally proposed that this bicycle wayside be called the Kyle
Stiegert Greenway. The Common Council will refer a resolution accepting
the name and the conceptual plan
to the Park Commission at a future
date. Until that Park Commission meeting, members of the public may
comment on the proposed name and by contacting Scott Endl, Fitchburg's
Director of Parks, Recreation, and Urban Forestry, at (608) 270-4288 or
by e-mail email@example.com
Bike Fitchburg supports the project. If you do, too, please let Scott know!
How Can I Help?
• Contact Scott Endl with your comments before August 3. Support,
objections, and suggestions for improvement are all invited.
• Donate! Make a tax-deductible contribution to Bike Fitchburg,
Inc., a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charity, for the "Stiegert Greenway"
• Express interest in the Friends group. Send a message to
and you will be added to a Google Group
specifically to support this project.
More than $15,000
has been raised so far as a memorial to Kyle, but more
is needed for durable benches, concrete and culverts, and prairie seed mix.
To donate online
, go here
. You will receive a tax receipt automatically.
To donate by mail
, send a check to Bike Fitchburg, Inc.
with memo Kyle Stiegert Greenway
Bike Fitchburg, Inc
2995 Sub-Zero Pkwy
Fitchburg, WI 53719-8801
You will receive a tax receipt in January of 2024 by mail.