Welcome to Carpenter-Ridgeway Neighborhood Association

Last update Monday, August 22, 2016

Neighborhood Contacts || Neighborhood Association Meetings || Profile, Statistics and Indicators || Neighborhood Communications || Plans and Publications || Governmental Officials || Facilities and Services ||

Neighborhood Contacts
Neighborhood Contact Person: Bonnie Melahn, 1305 Carpenter Street, Madison, WI 53704, CarpenterRidgeway@gmail.com

Neighborhood Association Meetings
Neighborhood Association Meeting: Place: Bethesda Church
Address: 3245 E Washington Av
Date: Second Tuesday of the month. General membership meeting in March & September.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Please contact neighborhood association to confirm meeting date, location, and time.

Profile, Statistics and Indicators
Neighborhood Description: On July 10th, 1996, the Carpenter-Ridgeway Neighborhood Association was established, and in years since, it has become one of the most recognized, involved, and respected neighborhood associations in the City of Madison. Some of the many accomplishments include new walking trails, bike path, rain garden and prairie, Starkweather Creek bank restoration, a new park, and are latest accomplishment, the first-ever Labyrinth. The neighborhood is home to a drumlin created by glaciers more than 17,000 years ago. In 1876 the neighborhood consisted of corn, barley, hay, and tobacco fields. There was a significant amount of oak trees along what is now Ridgeway Avenue, and some of these mighty oaks still stand today. Carpenter-Ridgeway Neighborhood is often described as City Living With a Country Feel.
Neighborhood Boundaries: Anderson Street on the north, Wright Street/N. Fair Oaks Avenue on the east, Aberg Avenue on the south, and Packers Avenue on the west
Neighborhood Statistics Indicators: The Neighborhood Indicators Project is a demonstration of key characteristics and various indicators that relate to the quality of life in Madison at the neighborhood level. Basic neighborhood information as well as housing, public safety, health and family well-being, economic, and transportation indicators by neighborhood is available.
Recent Accomplishments: -In July of 2009, the Carpenter-Ridgeway Neighborhood constructed a new park Labyrinth. Classical three-circuit labyrinth built using Autumn Red Holland Stone Pavers. The center consists of Sierra colored Cobble Pavers, with an inner circle of red thermo granite with an etched 1900 Gustav Stickley Arts & Crafts "Tree of Life" design. New boulder benches and an interpretive sign were place around the new Labyrinth.

-Starkweather Creek Bank Improvement project focuses on restoring the stream bank vegetation along Starkweather Creek just upstream of Aberg Avenue. The project includes removal of invasive trees and non- desirable trees to allow for restoring native plantings along the creek. Planting of native seed will be accomplished with the help of Hawthorne Elementary Students, local boy scout troops through an Eagle Scout Project. Also included with be educational signs describing the benefits of Starkweather Creek and Restoration Project (2009).

-Neighborhood WalkAbout and Urban Design Planning Project. Residents participated in a Neighborhood WalkAbout by walking the neighborhood and looking at existing design elements and neighborhood functions, and then projecting into the future on how the neighborhood could be changed and improved (2008).

-Received a City of Madison Neighborhood Planning Grant for construction of a Labyrinth (the first of its kind in Madison) within a city park (2009), a neighborhood garden tour (2008), a Japanese inspired Sculpture Garden with a Sid Boyum sculpture, created a Walking, Biking, and Running map with various neighborhood routes, and a neighborhood gateway garden welcoming visitors to the neighborhood (2007).

-Carpenter-Ridgeway Neighborhood worked with Friends of Starkweather Creek and Hawthorne Elementary School to clear and plant native seeds along the banks of Starkweather Creek and created new walking paths (2007-2008). The neighborhood, with the assistance for the City, have cleared trails and placed benches along the trails for resident and visitor enjoyment.

-Worked with the City of Madison Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development to prepare a mid-range neighborhood plan. The Carpenter-Ridgeway-Sycamore-Truax Neighborhood Plan was adopted on June 5, 2001.

Neighborhood Events: Two General Neighborhood Meetings (March & September), Earth Day Activities, Food and School Supply Drives, Garage Sale, Good Neighborhood Award Program, Neighborhood Clean-ups
Places of Interest: Dane County Airport, State Bike Path, MATC-Truax, Carpenter-Ridgeway Park, Walking Woods Way Walking Trails, Rain Garden, Historical Marker, Prairie, Labyrinth, Starkweather Creek, Sculpture Garden Gateway Garden

Neighborhood Communications
Newsletter: Carpenter/Ridgeway Quarterly
Bonnie Melahn, 1305 Carpenter Street, Madison, WI 53704, CarpenterRidgeway@gmail.com
Web Page: None

Plans and Publications
City Plans: Carpenter-Ridgeway-Sycamore-Truax Neighborhood Plan (June 5, 2001)
Publications: -Carpenter-Ridgeway Neighborhood Walking & Biking Brochure (English)

-Marquette Elementary & O'Keeffe Middle School Traffic Safety Brochure, 2009-2010
Historic Districts:
TIF Districts:
Urban Design Districts: Urban Design District 4: Madison General Ordinance Chapter 33.24(11)

Urban Design District 5: Madison General Ordinance Chapter 33.24(12)

Governmental Officials
Madison Alderperson: David Ahrens, Aldermanic District 15 - Ward 20
Larry Palm, Aldermanic District 12 - Ward 28
Dane County Supervisor: John Hendrick, Supervisory District 6 - Ward 20
Paul Rusk, Supervisory District 12 - Ward 28
State Representative: Chris Taylor, Assembly District 76 - Ward 20
Chris Taylor, Assembly District 76 - Ward 28
State Senator: Fred Risser, Senate District 26 - Ward 20
Fred Risser, Senate District 26 - Ward 28

Facilities and Services:
Community Centers East Madison Community Center (8 Straubel Court), Salvation Army Community Center (3030 Darbo Drive)
Community Gardens:
Fire Stations: Fire Station #8 (3945 Lein Road)
Library: Hawthorne Branch (2707 East Washington Avenue)
Neighborhood Resource Team:
Parks and Open Space:
Bridges Golf Course, Carpenter-Ridgeway Park, MATC-Truax (gym, swimming pool, weight room and athletic fields), Reindahl Park, Starkweather bike path, Walking Woods Way Walking Trails
Police Districts: North District, Capt. Jay Lengfeld, 2033 Londonderry Dr, Neighborhood Officers, Newsletter
East District, Capt. Mary Schauf, 211 S Carroll St., Neighborhood Officers, Newsletter
Polling Place: Ward 20, Madison Armory, 1402 Wright St
Ward 28, Madison College - Commercial Avenue, 2125 Commercial Ave
Public Art:
Public Schools: Elementary School Attendance Area 12
Hawthorne Elementary School (3344 Concord Ave)
Middle School Attendance Area 220
O'Keeffe Middle School (510 S Thornton Ave)
High School Attendance Area 141
East High School (2222 E Washington Ave)