Welcome to Carpenter-Ridgeway Neighborhood Association

Last update Thursday, May 3, 2018

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: Ridgeway Church
Address: 3245 E Washington Ave
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, a bikepath, rain garden and prairie, Starkweather Creek bank restoration and a new park. 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 & tobacco fields. There were a significant number of oak trees along what is now Ridgeway Avenue. 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 the fall of 2014 a stained glass “Tree of Life” was dedicated. The tree symbolizes the neighborhoods strength, development and growth in the past 20 years since its establishment in 1996. The glass pieces represent the residents of the neighborhood, and the diversity of the neighbors who live in the Carpenter-Ridgeway Neighborhood. The colors together create a beautiful piece of art glass. The kiosk was custom designed to complement the art glass, while the use of the arches and simple straight lines tie in other neighborhood projects. (2014)

-In July of 2009, after receiving a City of Madison Neighborhood Planning Grant, the Carpenter-Ridgeway Neighborhood constructed a first-ever Labyrinth in a public park. It is a classical three-circuit labyrinth using Stone Pavers with an inner circle of red thermos granite etched with a 1900 Gustav Stickley Arts & Crafts “Tree of Life” design. Boulder benches and an interpretive sign were placed around the labyrinth. (2009)

-The ongoing Starkweather Creek Bank Improvement project focuses on restoring the stream bank vegetation along Starkweather Creek. It included removal of invasive trees and non-desirable trees to allow for restoring native plantings along the creek. Planting of native seeds was accomplished with the help of Hawthorne Elementary Students, as well as local Boy Scout troops through an Eagle Scout Project. Also included will be educational signs describing the benefits of Starkweather Creek and the Bank Improvement 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)

-Hosted a Neighborhood garden tour, created a Japanese inspired Sculpture Garden with a Sid Boyum sculpture, created a Walking /Biking/Running map with various neighborhood routes, and developed a neighborhood Gateway garden, welcoming visitors to the neighborhood. In addition, the neighborhood, with assistance from the City, has cleared trails through the woods near the park and placed benches for resident and visitor enjoyment. (2007-2008))

-Worked with the City of Madison Department of Planning and 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 and clean-up of the park and gardens (April), Food and School supply drives, Neighborhood picnic in August, and the Ale Asylum Event (mid-winter), is a “Share the Love”, personal care items drive.
Places of Interest: Dane County Airport, State Bike Path, Madison College, Carpenter-Ridgeway Park, Walking Woods Way Walking Trails, Rain Garden, Historical Marker, Prairie, Labyrinth, Starkweather Creek, Sculpture and Gateway Gardens, and the “Tree of Life” stained glass art project.

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. Thomas Snyder, 211 S Carroll St., Neighborhood Officers, Newsletter
Polling Place: Ward 20, East Madison Community Center, 8 Straubel Ct
Ward 28, Madison College - Commercial, 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)