New Eco-Friendly Electric Tram Debuts April 19 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens
In celebration of Earth Day, Olbrich Botanical Gardens will debut its new zero-emission, electric tram on Saturday, April 19, weather permitting. The 12-passenger tram will provide free rides around the 16-acre outdoor gardens, primarily for visitors needing assistance.
"We're very excited to offer this service to our visitors," says Roberta Sladky, Director of Olbrich Botanical Gardens. "As Olbrich has grown, we've found that some of our visitors aren't able to get to the outlying gardens, such as the Thai Pavilion Garden and the Perennial Garden. While we provide free wheelchairs and two electric scooters, tram service will offer a whole new dimension for all visitors, particularly for those who need assistance."
The eco-friendly electric tram meets standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act and has been modified to accommodate a person in a wheelchair. It will travel in a circular route around the Gardens, with riders getting on and off at a number of stops to enjoy Olbrich's many gardens. As they ride, passengers will hear an interpretive message about Olbrich's history, gardens, and sustainable gardening practices.
The tram will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends until May 19 when it will begin daily service. Daily service will continue through August, with weekend service available in September and October.
Funding for the tram, and new pathways to support the tram, totaled $130,000 and was provided primarily through private donations with additional funding from the City of Madison. The tram pathways were completed last fall.
For more information call 608-246-4550. Olbrich Botanical Gardens is located in Madison, Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Monona at 3330 Atwood Avenue. Visit Olbrich's website at www.olbrich.org.
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