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West side dog park opens with official 'ball toss'

West side dog park opens with official 'ball toss'

West side residents have a new place to play with their pups.

Walnut Grove Park officially opened Monday afternoon with an opening ball toss ceremony. The park at 202 N. Westfield Road is the eighth Dane County dog park. 

Madison Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp said buying a pass for the park extends throughout the county.

 

Walnut Grove dog park to open

Starting Monday, Walnut Grove Park, 202 N. Westfield Road, joins seven other parks in the city of Madison as locations for a fenced dog exercise area.

Everyone and their dogs are invited to join Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp and the west side neighbors and dog owners for a special unveiling.

There will be an official 'ball toss' opening at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the park.

"Madison Parks in committed to providing safe places for dogs and their owners to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The city of Madison is proud to be ranked number 6 in the nation for off-leash dog parks by the Trust for Public Lands," said Knepp.

Click here to find out the dog park rules.

The cost of the Annual Permit is $30 and the daily permit is $5.

New bike path will connect Madison, Stoughton

New bike path will connect Madison, Stoughton

Dane County bicyclists will have a new way to get to Stoughton all on bike trails in the future.

The Lower Yahara Trail will connect with Lake Farm County Park to McFarland.

A bridge will go over upper Mud Lake and Lake Waubesa, and eventually the path will stretch south to Stoughton.

Madison is known for its biking community and advocates said the new trail will only improve things.

"A strong commitment to what they know is a good investment, not for cyclists but the economic development of the whole county and all the communities in it," said Dave Cieslewicz, with the Wisconsin Bike Federation.

The project will cost around $7.5 million. Construction is scheduled to start next year.

Annual fire trucks parade this Sunday

The annual Dane County Fire Chiefs Association Fire Truck Parade will take place Sunday, Oct. 5.

This popular event is held each year to mark the beginning of Fire Prevention Week in Dane County. The parade includes more than 30 fire trucks from many of the fire departments serving communities in Dane County.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the end of State St. near the Library Mall. The trucks, adorned with plenty of chrome and flashing red lights, will travel up State St. to the Capitol Square.

Once at the square, the fire trucks will be on display until 3 p.m. for children of all ages to see up close. Firefighters will be available to answer questions about fire safety. This year, the fire trucks on the square will be joined by the newly-rebuilt Fire Safety House, which has been visiting area schools as part of Fire Prevention Month activities.

Seasonal leaf collection crews to start pickup

Seasonal leaf collection crews to start pickup

The city of Madison will begin the season's leaf collection pickup next week.

The Streets Division crew will start collecting leaves Monday and will continue as long as the weather permits through late November or early December.

There is no leaf collection schedule, according to the city news release. The crew begins in the Monday refuse collection area and continues through each district in order of the day of the week. However the collection may be on a different day than the regular refuse schedule depending on the workload.

"We always start leaf collection the first Monday in October because many residents want to get started cleaning out their gardens," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said.  "We will operate with fewer crews until the volume of material picks up," which is expected to be mid-to-late October.

2.6K athletes descend to Madison for Ironman

2.6K athletes descend to Madison for Ironman

Approximately 2,600 athletes will be descending on Madison over the weekend to compete in the 2014 Ironman triathlon.

The triathlon routes feature Madison and its surrounding scenic areas, organizers said.

Ironman Wisconsin offers a $25,000 professional prize and 50 age-group qualifying slots for the 2015 Ironman, according to a release.

The triathlon starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Monona, followed by a 112-mile bike ride through rural Dane County and a 26.2-mile run through downtown Madison.

According to the release, 17 countries and 48 states will be represented in the triathlon, with 818 participants coming from Wisconsin.

Many University of Wisconsin campus and downtown streets will be closed to accommodate the biking and running portion of the race, organizers said.

Henry Vilas Zoo announces 2 new residents coming to zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo announces 2 new residents coming to zoo

Madison?s Henry Vilas Zoo announced Wednesday that two new residents will be moving in as soon as their home in the zoo?s new Arctic Passage Exhibit is finished.

Zoo Director Ronda Schwetz said the new residents are two grizzly bears who are currently at the Bismark?s Dakota Zoo, in North Dakota.

The bears were born in the wild, and their mother and grandmother were nuisance bears, which mean they were too comfortable being around people. They broke into campsites, and the grandmother had to be relocated 11 times to keep her away from people.

Then the grandmother broke into and raided a pig farm and became too dangerous. Officials euthanized the mother and grandmother, leaving four cubs behind.

Madison will be helping the zoo in North Dakota out by taking two of the cubs. The bears don?t have names yet, but zoo officials hope the community will help them out with that.