Neighborhood News

Walnut Grove Dog Park to Officially Open

October 2014

Official 'Ball Toss' Opening: Monday, October 13, 1:30p.m.

Our four-legged best friends have another new place for them to run around without a leash. Walnut Grove Park, 202 N. Westfield Road, joins seven other parks in the city of Madison as locations for a fenced dog exercise areas. Odana School Park dog exercise area also opened earlier this year. These new off-leash dog parks were chosen after several community meetings with interested west side dog owners, as well as people who lived in the proposed neighborhoods.

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

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

Walnut Grove Dog Park and Odana School Dog Park join six other popular off-leash dog parks in the City of Madison: McCormick Greenspace, Demetral Park, Brittingham Park, Quann Park, Sycamore Park and Warner Park. These off-leash dog parks provide great places for dogs and their human companions to enjoy exercise and the outdoors together.

Dog Park Rules: All dogs are required to have valid municipal license and a dog park permit to enter any public dog park in the City of Madison or surrounding communities. Dog Park Permits are on sale either at the park or on-line, are valid from January through December and provide access into the eight Madison off-leash dog parks, seven Dane County dog parks, and pet exercise areas in the cities of Middleton and Sun Prairie.

The cost of the Annual Permit is $30 and the daily permit is $5. To learn more about the city of Madison's dog parks, please visit www.cityofmadison.com.

USH 12 Beltline Construction Update, Terrace Ave. to Mineral Point Rd.

Weekly Update: Oct. 13 - 17, 2014

The USH 12 EB off ramp to Old Sauk Road is scheduled to close on Wednesday, October 15 for approximately five days to allow repairs to be made to ramp at the ramp terminal.

Noise wall construction will continue with post installation finishing up by the end of next week. Precast noise wall panels will continue to be installed as shipments are received. Topsoil restoration will continue adjacent to the completed sections of the noise wall.

Weather dependent, mainline paving is scheduled to continue from Mineral Point Road to Terrace Ave. for the USH 12 WB lanes. .

Retaining wall cap and coping work will continue along the EB on ramp from Mineral Point Road.

USH 12 work is scheduled to be completed by November 14, 2014.

Summer Social at High Point Pool August 25

August 2014

The Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association is hosting a Summer Social at High Point Pool on Monday, August 25th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Join us at High Point Swim Club at 901 N. High Point Rd. for open swim and dinner. Brats, hot dogs, burgers, dessert and soft drinks will be provided by the SCNA. You may bring your own adult beverage if you wish, as long as it is in a plastic or other non-glass container.

This event is open to all SCNA members and their children, whether or not they are members at High Point Pool. There is no fee for non-pool members to attend this event. Bring your suit and towel. If you don't wish to swim, please join us for dinner and to catch up with your neighbors!

Please RSVP to Anne Bauman at abauman@uwalumni.com if you plan to attend.

Multi-Family Garage Sale

June 2014

The neighborhood garage sale will take place Fri. June 6 and Sat. June 7, 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. The event is advertised in the Madison newspapers and on Craigslist.

Look for signs and balloons indicating participating homes.

Earth Day Clean-Up and Children's Egg Hunt, Sat. April 19

April 2014

Earth Day, 9:00 a.m
Celebrate Earth Day with neighbors and friends by cleaning up our local parks and neighborhood. Join this community-wide effort to make a difference.

  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Meet at Haen Family Park (blue park at High Point Rd and Tree Lane).
  • Target areas are Haen Family Park, Sauk Creek Park, High Point Rd, Sauk Creek Greenway, Old Sauk Rd.
  • Garbage bags will be provided, but please bring your own work gloves.
  • Coffee, juice and donuts will be available at the Haen Park shelter to help get us going.

Children's Egg Hunt, 10:30 a.m.
Join us for the children's egg hunt at Haen Family Park (blue park at High Point Rd and Tree Lane).

  • Please bring a basket or bag for your children to carry their eggs.
  • Coffee, juice and donuts will be provided.
  • Visiting family and friends are welcome too!

Increase in West District Residential Burglaries

March 2014

The City of Madison Police Department issued the following notice:

There has been an increase in residential burglaries in the West District over the last few weeks. District personnel are investigating these incidents, and will employ a variety of strategies to address this trend. Citizens can help us by taking some simple preventative steps:

  • Keep your doors and windows locked, even while at home.
  • Keep your garage door closed, and lock any door from the garage to the interior of your home.
  • Keep the exterior of your home well illuminated; consider motion detecting lights as well.
  • Leave interior lights on when you're gone; consider using a timer to turn them on and off. Also consider leaving a radio or TV on so it appears someone is home.
  • Keep trees and shrubs near your home trimmed so that the exterior is visible.
  • If you'll be away, take steps so it isn't obvious that you're gone: stop the mail and newspaper, have your driveway/sidewalk shoveled, keep your home illuminated using timers, etc.
  • Get to know your neighbors, so you'll know what kind of activity is suspisious or unusual. Don't hesitate to call MPD if you see something suspicious.
  • Don't leave keys concealed outside your residence.
  • Keep a good inventory of your valuables, including serial numbers. This information can be a great help in case you are victimized.

Please contact with West District Police at (608) 243-0500 to report any suspicious activity or to obtain additional information.

Why Join the Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association?

March 2014

Membership costs only $20 and supports many great services:

  • Quarterly Newsletters - News and events affecting the neighborhood and community.
  • Directory of Members - Association members listed by name and by street. Names of neighborhood kids interested in babysitting, pet sitting, yard work and snow removal.
  • Social Events - Spring Egg Hunt, July 4th Parade and Picnic, Neighborhood Dinner Party, Winter Social, and Block/Cul-de-Sac parties.
  • Other Activities - Earth Day Clean-Up, Neighborhood Garage Sale, gardening at Sauk Creek Park.
  • E-Mail - Timely communication of neighborhood issues and events.
  • Web Site - A resource for neighborhood and community news and events, information on association bylaws, past newsletters and more.

Pay Membership Dues AND Complete Membership Form Online

March 2014

Take advantage of the speed and convenience of renewing your membership online. Simply go to "Complete Membership Form Online" on the left.

After submitting the Membership Form, go to "Pay Dues Online" on the left to pay the $20 annual membership dues. Click the "Add to Cart" button to add the Membership Dues to your shopping cart. You will then be directed to PayPal's secure website. If you wish to make a donation to any of the Neighborhood Funds listed, click "Continue Shopping" (gray box on the left) BEFORE you "Check Out."

When your shopping cart is complete, click on the "Check Out" or "Check out with PayPal" button. Both options allow you to "Choose a way to pay," either with your PayPal account OR with a debit or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express).

If you do not have a PayPal account, go to the bottom of the "Choose a way to pay" section and choose "Don't have a PayPal Account." You will be directed to the "Pay with a debit or credit card" section where you may enter the credit card number you wish to use.

Please contact the membership coordinator at harriet@tatooles.com with any questions or comments.

Please note that SCNA is a non-profit organization but is not a registered 501(c)(3) organization, therefore, your membership fee is not tax deductible.

Interested in Having a Block Party?

Submit this form (PDF, 246 KB).

Community News

MadWest Winter Farmers' Market

Saturdays, November 15 - December 20, 2014, 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

The MadWest Winter Farmers' Market will be held weekly in the Community Room of the Lussier Community Education Center, 55 S Gammon Rd. The market hosts farmers offering a wide variety of high quality, delicious products including fresh, organic produce, pasture raised meats, artisan cheeses, fair trade coffee, homemade chocolates, and local baked goods. Last year's vendors included Crossroads Community Farm, B's Honey, Honey Bee Bakery, Jordandal Farms, Creme de la Coulee Creamery, Roots Chocalates LLC, Gitt Organics/GITTOrtillas, Emerald Meadows Family Farm, Herb'n Oyster, Pecatonica Valley Farm, and Healthy Happy Humus.

The market needs community support to thrive. Please stop in and support our local farmers. Visit www.LCECmadison.org for more information.

Register NOW for MSCR Adult Arts and Enrichment Classes

September 2014

Do you have something on your bucket list you have always wanted to try? Or perhaps you want to rediscover something you used to love to do?

MSCR has a full list of hundreds of activities which can be found at www.mscr.org or in the new Fall 2014 Adult Arts & Enrichment activity brochure (PDF, 2.47 MB). Classes are offered all over town, during the day, in the evening and on the weekend. These are some of the Arts & Enrichment highlights:

  • Guitar
  • Piano/keyboard
  • Belly Dance
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Photography
  • Cooking
  • Book Making
  • Ballet (yes, for adults!)
  • Pottery
  • Jewelry Making
  • Glass Work
  • and much more!
  • If you wish to get a hard copy of the class listing or have questions contact Christine Reid, Adult Arts and Enrichment Specialist, at creid@madison.k12.wi.us or call 608-204-4583. Register online at www.mscr.org

    Day Trips for Fall 2014:

  • ‚ÄčOctober 18: 20 Dirty Hands Pottery Tour, Galena, Illinois
  • November 1: Gangster Tour, Chicago, Illinois (deadline 9/30/14)
  • November 22: Holiday Shopping, Schaumburg, Illinois
  • December 6: Holiday Sightseeing/shopping-Downtown Chicago‚Äč
  • For more information on Day Trips go to www.mscr.org/our-programs/trips-special-events.

    Hockey Boot Camp for Kids - Saturdays, Sep. 27 - Oct. 11

    September 2014

    Is your child interested in hockey? Would he/she like to try it before joining? The West Madison Polar Caps are offering a Try Hockey Boot Camp.

    The camp will teach your child the basics and get him playing the game. Ir takes place on Saturday, September 27, October 4 and October 11. The cost is $25 and includes free equipment rental. To see the details, please go to the attached flyer (PDF, 404 KB).

    Alicia Ashman Library Fall Book Sale

    November 2013

    The Friends of Alicia Ashman Library hold a book sale every spring and fall. Money from the sale helps fund special purchases, projects and adult and children's programs at the library. Volunteers work to make this possible.

    Members Preview Sale: Thurs. November 7, 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
    Membership is $5 per year for individuals or $10 per family. May join at the sale.

    Public Sale: Fri. November 8, 9:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. and Sat. November 9, 9:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Bag sale is Sat. 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. - $5 per bag (library provides the bags).
    No membership required at public sale.

    Residential Burglary and Auto Theft Prevention

    Please take a look at the following PDF documents on Burglary Prevention and Home Security from the Madison Police Department.

    From David Jugovich, police lieutenant for the West District of Madison, "As the City continues to experience burglaries and thefts from autos, the Madison Police Department is looking for assistance in preventing and solving these crimes. Citizen involvement is a powerful resource and a critical asset to law enforcement efforts. There are often simple steps that can be taken by residents that may help them avoid being victimized. We also need residents to be our 'eyes and ear' and report suspicious activity/behaviors. To that end, Neighborhood Watch programs can also be a valuable asset."