eNews from Mayor Paul R. Soglin January 2014

Mayor Paul R. Soglin

Madison ranked high for our transportation priorities

In a new report by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG), Madison is embracing alternatives to driving. According to the report, Madison is second in the nation for an increase in bike commuting and third in the nation for a decrease in driving. From 2006 to 2011, we have had an 18% decrease in vehicle-miles traveled and an 88% increase in bike ridership. Read more »

City News & Updates

Ice Skating Lessons at Elver and Tenney Parks Begin on Monday, January 6

Is it your child's first winter on the ice? Or does your child already love to skate and he or she wants to build on the skills they already have? Or do YOU wish to improve your confidence and your ability on the ice? Never fear! Madison Parks Ice Skating Lessons are here! No matter what experience level you or your child is at, Madison Parks has the perfect group ice skating lesson for everyone.

Welcome 2014 at the Madison Senior Center: Keep your New Year Resolutions at MSC

The Madison Senior Center offers something for every New Year's resolution: read more, learn about electronic devices and social media, take care of your health, try some yoga, organize your things, learn to draw, take some photos and plan for the future. Sign up for a class or two to enrich your life in 2014. Check out the January Messenger at MadisonSeniorCenter.org or call (608) 266-6581 to register.

1000 Books 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kickoff & Readathon

Madison Public Library's Pinney Library launches new initiative for early literacy promotion.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program offered by public libraries nationwide with the objectives of promoting reading to newborns, infants and toddlers and encouraging parent and child bonding through reading. By focusing on early literacy, Madison Public Library partners with families, daycares, preschools, and organizations that serve families with young children to promote reading and school readiness for Madison's children.

Madison Food Policy Council Launches 2014 SEED Grants

The City of Madison Food Policy Council announces the inaugural SEED Grant cycle to address food access issues in our community. SEED Grants are small grants designed to support new and recently emerging projects or programs that support access to healthy food in our community.

City of Madison Launches Redesign of City Website: Learn about the new CityofMadison.com

We are pleased to announce the release of the newly redesigned City of Madison website. The new site has a fresh new look and feel, improved navigation, and is in responsive design. Responsive design automatically formats the site for the type of device you are using (Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, Smart Phone). This project is part of the City's ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information and resources.

Evjue Foundations Awards $50,000 to Two City of Madison's Splash Parks Projects

The Madison Parks Foundation received a $50,000 grant award from the Evjue Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of The Capital Times, for the construction of splash parks at Reindahl and Elver Parks. The Evjue Foundation provides funds derived from the profits of The Capital Times to many educational, cultural, and charitable causes that add so much to the quality of life in Madison and Dane County.

Winter Services

  • Christmas Tree Collection Begins on Monday, January 6, 2014
    Starting Monday January 6, 2014 the Streets Division will begin collecting Christmas trees. Most trees will be processed at the curb with on-street chippers. Trees placed out on these days will be collected sometime during the two-week cycle, WEATHER PERMITTING. Snow and ice control will take priority.
  • Recycling Your Cooking Oil and Holiday Lights
    Madison residents who wish to recycle their cooking oil and holiday lights must bring them to one of two Streets Division drop off sites. The sites are located at 1501 W. Badger Rd. on the west side and 4602 Sycamore Ave. on the east side.
  • Report Water Main Breaks
    If you notice water bubbling up through a crack in the street, or even a large standing puddle of water that would normally be frozen in these single-digit temps, it could be a main break. Contact Water Utility's Main Break Hotline at (608) 266-4661.

Madison Arts Art Experiences

Roads Diverge: Rotary Centennial Plaza Complete with Signs of the Times

On Tuesday, December 18, City staff erected what looked like street signs on the poles surrounding the stage at Rotary Centennial Plaza at the intersection of North Pinckney and East Mifflin. But rather than containing information about one's physical location, as street signs typically do, these "signs of the times" are part of a collaborative art project the City and its partners created and offer reference points of a more existential nature.

January Event Calendar

Go to the City Calendar for more fun events!