Welcome to Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood Association

Last update Thursday, November 16, 2023

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

Neighborhood Contacts
Neighborhood Contact Person(s): Mary Mullen, mmullen0843@gmail.com

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.
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.

Neighborhood Communications
Newsletter: Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood E-News
Mary Mullen, mmullen0843@gmail.com
Lisa Grueneberg, comm@dmna.org
Web Page: http://dunnsmarsh.org/

Plans and Publications
City Plans: Allied Dunn’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: -In Our Own Words: The Best of Dunn's Marsh News (1990), Allied-Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood Plan and Brochure (1990)
Historic Districts: None
TIF Districts: None
Urban Design Districts: None

Governmental Officials
Madison Alderperson:
Dane County Supervisor:
State Representative:
State Senator:

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)
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:
Polling Place:
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)