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$50k grant supports east, west Madison splash park projects

$50k grant supports east, west Madison splash park projects

Two Madison parks are set to get water-play installations after the city Parks Foundation received a $50,000 grant.

A splash park is planned for Reindahl Park, on Madison's east side, and Elver Park, on the city's west side. The city said construction on the additions, which feature interactive water attractions with spray toys and fountains, is scheduled to begin in late spring. The splash parks are expected to open in August.

The city said Monday that the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation Inc. gave $50,000 to the project. 

Funding for the $2 million project was contributed by the city of Madison, which is committed to 85 percent of the cost, plus $50,000 from the Evjue Foundation, $10,000 from American Family Insurance and $50,000 from the Madison Community Foundation.

For more information about the splash parks, visit www.madisonparksfoundation.org.

Zoo welcomes 16-month-old lion Pelo

Zoo welcomes 16-month-old lion Pelo

Madison's Henry Vilas Zoo welcomed a new lion to its pride at an event Thursday morning. 

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi's office said Pelo (pronounced PEA-low) is a 16-month-old male African lion who joins the zoo from Seattle. 

The zoo's other lion, female Shakura, will exhibit with Pelo as a pair after they get to know each other and the weather warms, according to the zoo. Pelo arrived at the zoo months ago but was announced Thursday to the media during an event at the zoo, 702 S. Randall Ave.

“We really look forward to a number of years with Pelo and Shakura, and look forward to the day when they can get together and start producing their own cubs to continue to help our species preservation,” Parisi said.

National, city, school leaders to focus on out-of-school-time programs

National, city, school leaders to focus on out-of-school-time programs

Local education groups and leaders will be holding meetings to discuss the most effective ways that Madison can help families work with providers, schools and the local government for the well-being of children, according to a release.

The city of Madison, the Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison Out-of-School Time will be hosting community conversations about family involvement with Madison's out-of-school-time programs, officials said.

Madison is one of 14 cities selected by the National League of Cities to partner with the U.S. Department of Education to hold community conversations with educators, parents and community leaders, according to the release.

Parenting workshop offers doctor's advice on topics from bullying to teen alcohol use

Parenting workshop offers doctor's advice on topics from bullying to teen alcohol use

Raising healthy, happy kids is no easy task, which is why Dean Clinic is again joining forces with area educators and community leaders for Parent University.

The 2014 Parent University will take place March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Rome Corners Intermediate School, at 1111 S. Perry Parkway in Oregon.

Parent University is free for families with kids of all ages. 

Madison Area Sports commission awards $30,000 to youth sports orgs

The Madison Area Sports Commission has awarded more than $30,000 in funding in its’ bi-annual disbursement of youth grant funds. Youth grant funds are allocated to established organizations that introduce Dane County youth to the lifelong enjoyment and health benefits of sports.

·         Allied Running Club – $1,750

·         Boys & Girls Club of Dane County – $5,000

·         Camp Randall Rowing Club – $1,500

·         East Madison Community Center – $2,250

·         Glide Disc Golf – $875

Groups collect winter clothing at area parks

Groups collect winter clothing at area parks

Madison Parks and the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin are hosting a winter clothing drive. Organizers are asking for used winter coats, jackets, snow-pants, boots and gloves.

The donations can be dropped off at any of the following parks:

  • John Wall Family Pavilion at Tenney Park, 402 N. Thornton Ave.
  • Vilas Park, 1602 Vilas Park Drive
  • Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Blvd.
  • Odana Hills Golf Course, 4635 Odana Road
  • Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive

This is the fourth annual drive. Donations are being collected through Feb. 23. Organizers said the clothes will be distributed throughout the rest of the winter; any extras will be saved for next year.

 

 

YMCA to permanently offer day care during school closures

 YMCA to permanently offer day care during school closures

The cold weather left schools empty Tuesday, but there were still plenty of children at the east side YMCA.

The YMCA of Dane County offered a solution to parents looking for reliable child care after schools in the area closed Tuesday. Three YMCA branches in Madison offered drop-in child care.

YMCA employee Jason McColl said while the program gives parents peace of mind, kids are excited to spend the day in a new environment.

"They're excited about not having to go to school today, and they're enjoying themselves, getting to meet children they don't normally get to play with," McColl said.

This is the third time the YMCA has opened up for day care this year and they're planning to make it a permanent option during school cancellations.