Welcome to Dunn's Marsh 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: Mary Mullen, 4337 Milford Rd, Madison, WI 53711, (H)608-298-0843, mmullen4337@charter.net

Neighborhood Association Meetings
Neighborhood Association Meeting: Place: Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society
Address: 2010 Whenona Drive
Date: Second Thursday of the month
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Please contact neighborhood association to confirm meeting date, location, and time.

Profile, Statistics and Indicators
Neighborhood Description: The Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood Association, Inc. (DMNA) is a very lively organization serving a rather large area located south of the West Beltline and Verona Road and west of Seminole Highway. Lying part in the City of Madison and part in the City of Fitchburg provides a unique relationship, and commitment to enhance the neighborhood, by both of the municipalities. Although one could credit candidates for local office with the suggestion to form a neighborhood organization, the 1973 call to organize from 4 women in the neighborhood lists many underlying issues that brought neighbors together to form the DMNA: need for a permanent park, lack of a community building, lack of full-day bus service and bus shelters, students being bussed to different schools, streets in poor condition, summer recreation only for young children, law enforcement issues due to being in 2 municipalities, renters being treated as second-class citizens, and more. Regardless, the DMNA soon became known for its concern for the environmental quality of Dunn's Marsh, located on the southern boundary of the neighborhood. Dunn's Marsh is the jewel of the neighborhood, and a proposed development along the shores of the wetland threatened the future of this water body. DMNA was instrumental in having much of the shoreland placed into public ownership. Residents of Dunn's March neighborhood were true pioneers of the environmental movement in Madison. Today, due to the DMNA, residents can enjoy a bounty of public lands within the neighborhood including the 19-acre Marlborough Park, conservancy acreage just below Crescent Road, and 20 acres of County land south of the marsh. It’s also a hiker’s and biker’s paradise. The University of Wisconsin-Arboretum, with access to 1,200 acres, is located just across Seminole Highway. The neighborhood is also the nexus of many long-distance bike trails - the Southwest Commuter Path which becomes the Badger State Trail, the Military Ridge Trail, the Cannonball Path, and the Capital City Trail. It is truly a neighborhood with natural resources at its finger tips and nature on its mind.
Neighborhood Boundaries: West Beltline Highway on the north, Seminole Highway on the east, southern boundary of the public lands located to the south of the Cannonball bikeway, Allied/Carling Drive on the west, and Verona Road on the northwest.
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: -Successfully promoted an off-road bikeway through Marlborough Park and marked bike lane on Seminole Highway.

-Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood has been instrumental in getting two small lots adjacent to little marsh below Crescent Road into public ownership and promoted the purchase of the much larger apple orchard south of Dunn's Marsh.

-New playground was built for Marlborough Park with extensive neighborhood input.

-Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood Association - with the help of a Plant Dane! grant and help from the City of Madison - built a demonstration rain garden in Marlborough Park (2007).

-Madison Neighborhoods, Inc. awarded Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood first place for Social Revitalization Project (2007).

-Residents in the Belmar area of the neighborhood have worked through Fitchburg's process to get traffic-calming measures installed on several streets (2008).

-Successfully worked with City of Madison and Wisconsin Department Transportation to secure changes to the plans for the Verona Road/Beltline reconstruction project: keeping Beltline Frontage Road along Beltline; putting a wet pond on right-of-way rather than on Dunn's Marsh property; securing not-at-grade crossing of Verona Road at Beltline; keeping Verona Frontage Road adjacent to highway rather than surrounding the Walgreen’s building (2011).

-Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) awarded the Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood e-News a "Gold Level" award (2011).

-Successfully lobbied for painted bike lanes on Beltline & Verona Frontage Roads (2011).

-The neighborhood has successfully opposed proposals for additional liquor licenses in neighborhood locations (2010, 2011).

-Worked with mosaic artist Marcia Yapp to develop and create 4 large ceramic tile mosaics that were installed on the approach to the ped-bike bridge over the Beltline in September 2015 (Funded by the Wisconsin DOT as part of the Verona Road Project).

-Worked with mosaic artist Marcia Yapp to develop and create 4 larte tile mosaics that will be installed on the approach to the ped-bike bridge over the Beltline in early fall 2015 (Funded by the Wisconsin DOT as part of the Verona Road Project)

-Completed and installed 60 glass mosaic stepping stones for the Marlborough Park Community Garden in 2014 under a grant from the Madison Arts Commission. Stones set in ground create a sign for the garden and 32 others number the 16 paths in the garden (2014).

-For the past 3 years, the DMNA has co-sponsored a Make Music Madison venue with Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society on June 21 each year for free outdoor music (2013 - 4 hours of music; 2014 - 9 hours; and 2015 - 9 1/2 hours).

- Due to Verona Road project, moved the Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood sign and its native plantings from the Beltline frontage road to 2400 Seminole Highway (2015).

-Worked successfully with the Allied Community Co-op to support City of Madison approval of funding for a grocery store (2015).
Neighborhood Events: Chili Fest in March, Dunn's Marsh Clean-Up, Dunn's Marsh Walks, Potluck Picnic/Campfire in Marlborough Park, Participation in Make Music Madison.
Places of Interest: Capitol City Bike Trail, Southwest Commuter Trail, Badger State Trail, Cannonball Trail, Seminole Mountain Bike park, Dawley Park Bike Hub, Community Gardens in Marlborough Park, Dunn’s Marsh, and University of Wisconsin-Arboretum

Neighborhood Communications
Newsletter: Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood E-News
Mary Mullen, 4337 Milford Rd, Madison, WI 53711, (H)608-298-0843, mmullen4337@charter.net
Web Page: http://dunnsmarsh.org/

Plans and Publications
City Plans: Allied Plan Project Website
Allied Partnership Website
AlliedDunn’s Marsh Belmar Neighborhoods: Physical Improvement Plan (April 19, 2005)
A Vision for the Allied Community (March 23, 2004)
Allied-Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Plan (September 4, 1990)
Allied Area Comprehensive Revitalization Strategy (November 7, 2007)
Publications: -Thoreau Elementary Traffic Safety Brochure, 2008-2009

-In Our Own Words: The Best of Dunn's Marsh News (1990), Allied-Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood Plan and Brochure (1990)
Historic Districts:
TIF Districts:
Urban Design Districts:

Governmental Officials
Madison Alderperson: Sheri Carter, Aldermanic District 14 - Ward 76
Dane County Supervisor: Richard Kilmer, Supervisory District 4 - Ward 76
State Representative: Terese Berceau, Assembly District 77 - Ward 76
State Senator: Fred Risser, Senate District 26 - Ward 76

Facilities and Services:
Community Centers Boys & Girls Club of Dane County - Allied (4619 Jenewein Road), Allied Drive Learning Center (2237 Allied Drive), Allied Wellness Center (2225 Allied Drive, Apt 2)
Community Gardens: Marlborough Park Garden is 3 blocks south of the West Beltline Highway, between Seminole Highway and Apache Drive (150 plots)
Fire Stations: Fire Station #7 (1810 McKenna Blvd, Madison) and Fire Station #2 (5415 King James Way, Fitchburg)
Library: Meadowridge Branch (5740 Raymond Road) and Sequoya Branch (513 S. Midvale Blvd.)
Neighborhood Resource Team:
Parks and Open Space:
Allied Terrace Greenway, Belmar Park, Britta Parkway, Devolis Square, Dunn's Marsh Conservancy, Apache Pond and Red Arrow Pond (part of Conservancy), Marlborough Park, University of Wisconsin-Arboretum, Dawley Park, Seminole Mountain Bike Park
Police Districts: West District, Capt. Cory Nelson, 1710 McKenna Blvd., Neighborhood Officers, Newsletter
Polling Place: Ward 76, Revival Ridge Apartments, 2313 Allied Dr
Public Art: - Glass mosaic stepping stones in Marlborough Community Garden - Glass mosaid large action figure mosiacs near MacDonald's at the Verona Frontage Road roundabout - Large painted mural in hallway of Boys & Girls Club, 4619 Jenewein Drive - Large light box sculpture at Allied Drive/Verona Frontage Road (installed Summer 2015) - Large tile mosaic murals at Britta parkway/Axel Avenue on approach to ped/bike bridge over the Beltline (to be installed Fall 2015)
Public Schools: Elementary School Attendance Area 23
Thoreau Elementary School (3870 Nakoma Rd)
Middle School Attendance Area 153
High School Attendance Area 143
West High School (30 Ash St)