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Alder Marsha A. Rummel

Alder Marsha A. Rummel,
Council President Pro Tem

Home Address:
1029 Spaight St # 6C
Madison , WI 53703

Phone: 608-772-4555
Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
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Jackson St becomes temporary gathering space 7/14

July 12, 2014 1:35 PM

I would like to update everyone since the May 19 neighborhood meeting to discuss the temporary closing of Jackson St. to create a neighborhood gathering space.

Starting Monday 7/14, Jackson St,  between Atwood and St Paul, will be closed as part of a 90 day trial through October. 

The Madison Traffic Garden has taken a leadership role to program the space and create activities at the convergence of the bike path, community gardens and the Chocolate Shoppe. They have been engaged in placemaking activities for several years

Erin McWalter, of Madison Traffic Garden, has volunteered to become the Curator of Jackson St. Please contact her with ideas via the new FB page called Jackson St Plaza or email me and I can share her contact info. 

I have been working with David Dryer, our Traffic Engineer and the Mayor's office to figure out logistics. Planning, Parks, Streets and Engineering staff have helped with this effort.

TE has offered to supply concrete median strips for the Atwood side to insure an impermeable barrier. We will start with more temporary barricades beginning at noon on Monday but install the concrete barriers later in the week.

We plan to implement more flexible closing for St. Paul to allow food carts, street cleaning and other access to the block. Orange barrels. 5 gallon bucket planters, upcycled benches made from pallets are options under review.

There will be a separation between the bike path along this stretch to insure safety with signs, temporary barriers, new paint, etc. This includes the 'grassy knoll'. I will continue to work with TE to address traffic concerns at Atwood and Ohio St. to insure pedestrian safety.

The four food carts that have been going to Circle Park are ready to relocate to Jackson St on Thursday nights, starting this week, according to Christine Ameigh of Slide.

Other initial ideas include a weekly Repair Cafe-maker space sponsored by the Atwood Tool Library. According to Jessica who is the organizer of the tool library "A repair cafe is when you bring us broken things and a volunteer tries to fix it for you to encourage sustainability by increasing a product's longevity" Email Jessica at if you are interested in volunteering and check out repair cafes at

I will continue to work with neighbors, SASYNA, area businesses and others to make sure this idea is a win-win for all. Please let me know if you have questions or comments.


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