District 3 Blog
Exciting Fall Announcements
Hi East Siders,
Lots of interesting news and announcements to share with you today
According to Fitbit, the company that makes those wristbands that track your steps and heart rate and sleep and such, Madison is the fittest city in America. Go us! We are lucky to have an abundance of trails, paths, and parks to utilize to keep fit, as well as a lot of inspiration in terms of the events we have here.
As I'm sure you saw, last month Madison hosted the 2017 CrossFit Games. CrossFit is literally the sport of fitness, I've been training and competing in CrossFit for a number of years now, and it was thrilling to be a part of bringing the Games to my home city. All told, the weeklong event netted $7.2 million in economic activity for our city. If you caught part of the games in person or on television, I hope you were inspired, and not intimidated, by the feats of the athletes there. CrossFit is for everyone, of every age and ability level. I'm nobody's gymnast, or runner, but I still train and compete and my coaches and I make it work. Madison is home to many CrossFit gyms. For ethics reasons I of course cannot recommend or link to any of them here, but I urge you to look into CrossFit or any other activity that keeps you moving and feeling good.
Speaking of which, MSCR has published its fall programming guide and there is still time to sign up.
As though all these sports weren't enough, this week and weekend we welcome Ironman Wisconsin to our beautiful city once again. What this means for you: lots of glossy, expensive, and really really fast bikes to drool over, a nice section of Lake Monona in front of the terrace which is extra beautiful because the city/county has picked all the weeds out of it, a ton of economic activity for the city, and *traffic.*
I hope you get a chance to get down to the Ironman Expo (the power bar samples alone are worth it), or get out and cheer on the athletes who are taking on such an amazing challenge. For your planning purposes, here are the road closures to expect Saturday evening and into Sunday.
Much closer to home, the city has put together a plan for the 'activity centers' along Cottage Grove, with specific emphasis on the intersection of Cottage Grove and Acewood. This is definitely an area of interest for most District 3ers, but the entirety of the activity center plan actually touches 3 different aldermanic districts. Alder Denise DeMarb has done tremendous work in getting city staff attention and priority focused on Cottage Grove Road and we appreciate her determination and hard work over the course of years.
Take a look at the plan here and let me know what you think. You can also speak up at a meeting as the plan makes its way through the process. The committee and council dates are as follows:
· Economic Development Committee (9/20)
· Pedestrian/Bicycle/Motor Vehicle Commission (9/26)
· Housing Strategies Committee (9/28)
· Plan Commission (10/2)
· Common Council (10/3 or 10/17)
Also, here's a skill we could all use: the UW Extension is having a master composting class this fall. I don't know about you but I notice that I throw out a lot of banana and onion peels, carrot stems, and sweet potato skins each week. My significant other, who very generously always takes out the trash, confirms that food-related waste makes up a fair percentage of what we throw away. If we could turn that into rich soil for our vegetable plants, or even just to enrich the grass, that would be great. If you'd like to learn all about reducing waste and taking your garden up a notch, you'll want to look into the class here; it's $35 and includes 6 hours of instruction and materials.
Speaking of gardens and nature, I know many of us were caught off guard by the number of trees which city city engineering removed from the Heritage Greenway about 10 days ago. While we hate to see habitat and biodiversity yanked out, the trees removed were ash or invasive species. Notice of the tree removal was mailed to area residents, but it still took some folks by surprise. Besides me including it in this blog, which reaches just under 1,500 people, do you have more ideas for getting notice of this out? I'm open to ideas and look forward to hearing more.
Thanks for sticking with me through a number of announcements, I wanted to get these out before we head into budget season. Have a great evening!
Alder, District 3
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