Skip to main content

Police Blotter

Fitness Classes Help to Prevent Crime at Penn Park

July 10, 2013 10:53 AM

  Over the past many years, especially during the summer, Penn Park is often the location for fights, disturbances, gambling and low level drug dealing. Once in a while, these matters escalate into more significant, violent incidents involving weapons, injuries or both. The Brams Addition Neighborhood Association has worked with the South District over this time, trying to keep Penn Park a safe an viable neighborhood park.  A few years ago, a group of nearby residents formed Penn Park Partners, and working with their Neighborhood Officer, did put together some youth programming and evening concert events so that more positive activities would occur in the park.  MSCR at one point ran a summer youth program out of the park, but due to decreasing attendance by area youth, the program was eventually ended.

  A simple, well proven strategy for preventing crime in public spaces like a park, is to find ways to bring "legitimate users" into the public space so that those with other intentions consider taking their "dealings" elsewhere., It is equally important to make sure the physical environment is well maintained and attractive to "legitimate users." Recently, a group of South District officers, led by Sergeant Lori Beth Chalecki and Neighborhood Officer Mike Alveraz, have started a "new era" of programming to bring "legitimate users" into Penn Park.  In partnership with the YMCA, the Madison Parks Department, the Devin Harris Foundation, Meridan and Quaker Housing, these officers have organized "fitness" classes at the Penn Park shelter every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening. The classes started two weeks ago, and thus far have been very well attended, especially the "Zumba" classes.


The South District would like to acknowledge all of our partners in this fitness effort, and especially everyone, young and old, who have attended any or all of these fitness classes. We salute you all and want you to know that you are not only getting into shape, but you are also making Penn Park a better place because you are helping us to increase the "legitimate use" of this public space. A lot of work needs to be done, long term, to the Penn Park shelter to make it more attractive and suitable for our urban community today.  But that said, simply getting people out to use Penn Park today will help to encourage elected officials and community leaders to make sure we ALL work together to make Penn Park a strong asset for the Brams Addition neighborhood.

 Email to a friend

Subscribe to Email List

Subscribe to the Police Blotter email list:

By participating on this list the Wisconsin Public Records Laws may subject your email address to disclosure to third parties. By selecting "Yes" you are requesting that we treat your email address that you have provided to this list as confidential and you are also stating that you would not participate in this service if the City is obligated to release your email address to such third party requesters.

Posts By Month

Posts By Category


#Back2SchoolSAFETYTIPS  #BattleOfTheBadges  #beneighborly  #Captain Brian Austin  #ClickItOrTicket  #CoffeeWithACop  #CommunitySurvey  #ConeWithACop  #DriveSoberOrGetPulledOver  #DrugTakeBack  #FindYOURBlueCalling  #GoodNeighborProject  #HelicopterParent  #lovemadison  #MPDMotorUnit  #NightlyLockup  #PrideMonth  #SafetyTips  #ScamAlert  #seesomethingsaysomething  #SouthSideSoccerSeries  #VisionZeroMadison  #WeAreThe28  #westdistrictstrategicplan  #YouCanBeYOU  Amigos en Azul  Bigs In Blue  Bike Rides  Black Youth Academy  Budget Process  Capt. Cory Nelson  Captain Ackeret  Captain Beckett  Captain Freedman  Captain Patton  Central District  Ceremonies  Chief Barnes  Citizen Recognition  Coffee with a Cop  Community Academy  Community Awards  Community Events  Community Forums  Community Gang Outreach  Community Outreach  Community Partnership  Community Policing  Community Survey  CORE  CRASE  Crime Prevention  Crime Stoppers  Crossing Guards  Cyber Detective Camp  Cyber Safety  Damaged Property  Downtown Safety  Driving Safely  East District  East High School  Edgewood College  Education Resource Officer  Emily Samson  Events  Explorers Post  Facebook  Fireside Five-Oh  Fireside Five-Oh  Good Neighbor Project  Guerrilla Grillers  Guerrilla Grillers  homeless  Investigations  Join the Team  K9  LaFollette High School  LeadsOnline  Lieutenant Lori Beth Chalecki  Lieutenant Patterson  Madison Area Addiction Recovery Initiative (MAARI)  Madison Area Recovery Initiative (MARI)  Madison Community Policing Foundation  Madison Parks  Madison Schools  MedDrop Box  Midtown District  Midtown Strategic Plan  MMSD  Mobile Device Safety  Mounted Patrol  MPD Awards Ceremony  National Night Out  Neighborhood Police Officers  Neighborhood Watch  New Recruits  North District  North District  Pawn Shops  Pedestrian Safety  Personal Safety  Phishing Scams  Police Biking  Property Crimes  Red Cross Blood Drive  Registered Sex Offender  Residential Burglaries  Road Home  Road Home  Robberies  Safe Communities  Safety in the Home  Safety Saturday  Secondhand Business  Self Report Unit  Sex Offender Information Bulletin  Shooting  Shout Out  Social Media  Solicitor Permits  South District  Southwest Safety Initiative  Spanish  Special Olympics  State St  Straubel  Straubel  SWAT  Torch Run  Traffic Concerns  Traffic Enforcement Safety Team (TEST)  Twitter  UW-Madison  Weapons Offenses  West Community Academy  West District  Youth Programs  Zero in Wisconsin