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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Dr

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

District 1 Community Announcements

April 24, 2020 4:27 PM

Dogs Allowed On-Leash in Most Madison Parks

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 4:02pm

In early 2020, Madison Common Council approved the revised dog ordinances (MGO 8.19 and 23.32 , File 59294) which took effect on Friday, March 13. Due to COVID-19 priorities, we were unable to properly promote this important change to the Madison park system. We appreciate your patience during this time and are happy to provide detailed information.

Dogs, on-leash, are allowed at most Madison parks. When visiting a park with your dog, the following rules must be followed.

  • Dogs must have a dog park permit.
  • Dogs must be on a non-retractable leash no more than 6 feet long and held by a person at all times.
  • Dogs must be under the immediate physical control of a person at all times.
  • Dogs must be licensed (purchased through the City of Madison Treasurer's Office) and must have an up-to-date rabies vaccination.
  • Dog handlers are required to pick up the waste and have bags or scoops when in the park.
  • Dogs must not dig, chase or harm wildlife, damage park property, or interfere with other Park users
  • Dogs are prohibited from the designated Dog Free Parks and specific areas, such as near playgrounds, and all conservation parks. See below for more information

Violators may be reported by contacting a Park Ranger (608) 235-0448.

Why did this happen?
Since 1973, a City of Madison ordinance essentially prohibited dogs in Madison parks, school grounds, and City spaces. As the population of Madison continued to grow, so do the number of dogs and dog owners. Recognizing this ordinance as ineffective and unenforceable, in early 2019, the Board of Park Commissioners called for a review of this long-standing ordinance (MGO 8.19).
During the summer and fall of 2019, Parks Long Range Planning Subcommittee (LRP) reviewed the dogs in parks policies. Through its research, and a robust community input process, which included 5 citywide community workshops and an online survey – garnering more than 1,900 responses, Parks LRP drafted an on-leash dog access policy for the Madison parks system. The drafted policy provides greater access for dog owners while balancing the needs of other park users and provided the language to update the long-standing ordinance.
In October 2019, the Board of Park Commissioners approved the policy, which leads the way to updating the long-standing Madison General Ordinances (8.19 and 23.32) that effectively prohibited dogs in most Madison parks. In February 2020, the Board of Park Commissioners approved more than 30 Dog Free Park locations.

Where are dogs prohibited?
Keeping in mind, not everyone has a dog or wants to be around dogs, we have provided designated Dog Free Parks for a place to recreate and relax without the presence of dogs. The Board of Park Commissioners approved more than 30 dog free parks (File 59474). Residents will see new temporary signage this spring at each of the designated parks. In addition to the Dog Free Park locations, a number of prohibited areas continue such as all conservation parks. See for the complete list of locations. Violators are subject to a fine and park users are encouraged to report violators to Park Rangers (608) 235-0448.

How can I purchase a Dog Permit?
A daily or annual Dog Park Permit may be purchased ONLINE. The permit is valid for the City of Madison on-leash dog locations, off-leash dog parks, Dane County Parks (posted areas only), the City of Middleton, and the City of Sun Prairie pet exercise areas. Annual permits for the following year are available for purchase beginning November 15 and valid immediately. Due to COVID-19, onsite kiosks are temporarily unavailable.

Where can I purchase a Dog License?
Madison residents with a dog aged 5 months or older are required to have a dog license, prior to purchasing a dog park permit. A license is available for purchase online through the City Treasurer's Office.

What if I live outside of Madison?
Dogs visiting from areas outside of Madison are always welcome with proper licenses and/or vaccinations from your town/municipality. Be prepared to show proof if asked by a Park Ranger. A daily Dog Park Permit may be purchased online.

For more information, contact Madison Parks at


Thank you to the nearly 80 people who tuned in to our first virtual public information meeting focused on the Chapter 37 Storm Ordinance Changes for the City of Madison this afternoon (April 23) .

If you missed the presentation, and want to watch the recording, read any supporting materials or view the next steps in the approval process, all links and supported documents are posted here:

You also have until April 27, 2020 to submit additional comments by email to

Thank you,
City of Madison Engineering


Project page

Construction Update

The contractor will be installing curb and gutter and new asphalt pavement as part of the storm sewer project in the McKenna/Gammon Lane intersection.

McKenna Blvd is reduced to one lane in each direction from Morraine View Dr – Jacobs Way.  This work is expected to last until May 29.

UPDATE: Final plans have been issued. See details below.

Project Details

The east Park Edge Dr. neighborhood consists of several cul-de-sacs that back the City of Madison's West Badger Mill Creek - Elver Park Greenway. That greenway carries water from Greentree Pond north of the neighborhood and discharges via pipes under McKenna Blvd. to Elver Park. The associated watershed is approximately 1.4 square miles in area, and drains from north to south.

Since 2016, Park Edge Dr. residents have experienced several rain events where water from the greenway flooded the neighborhood and entered their residences. Additionally, McKenna Blvd., which is a main thoroughfare through the neighborhood and houses police and fire stations for the west side of the city, has overtopped and become impassible several times. On December 13, 2018 the City hosted a Public Informational Meeting held at Our Redeemer Church on McKenna Blvd. A copy of the presentation can be found here pdf . Staff discussed the flooding that occurred in June and August of 2018, design standards, watershed modeling, and the proposed public works contract. City Engineering is proposing a public works improvement to address the recurring flooding. The City evaluated the greenway during the design process and plans to construct improvements that will reduce the impact of flooding in the Park Edge neighborhood and alleviate flooding from the greenway onto McKenna Blvd.


Proposed Scope of Work

Staff have analyzed the watershed and propose replacing the existing pipes under McKenna Boulevard with a twin cell 5' tall by 10' wide box culvert and a twin cell 5' tall by 12' wide box culvert, which includes constructing new inlet and outlet wing walls. The existing concrete channel will be removed and replaced with a concrete channel 1.5 feet lower than its current level. A retaining wall will also be constructed along the west edge of the greenway to provide improved flow capacity in the channel that runs adjacent to Greentree Landfill. The existing metal culverts at the outlet of Greentree Pond are in very poor condition and will be removed and replaced with a twin cell 4' tall by 8' wide box culvert as part of this project. The pond outlet and channel will be realigned to point southwest, rather than west, to alleviate flows going directly towards Falmouth Ct. All aspects of the design can be found in the final plan set for the project, here: Final Plans pdf 

Proposed Project Schedule

  • Permit applications for this project were approved in May 2019.
  • Bid opening and Contractor selection will occur in mid-June 2019.
  • Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of July and is anticipated to take a minimum of 5 months.
  • During construction, one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on McKenna Blvd. at all times. Elver Park will also be open and accessible during its normal hours for the duration of the project. Additionally, temporary bus stops will be located along McKenna Blvd. to ensure that Metro service is not interrupted by construction.

Additional information and resources were provided to property owners and can be found in the presentation or the the links below:

City of Madison Flooding Website

Flooding And Self-Reporting

Flood Prevention Flyer and website

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