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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

PICNIC, Fri. Marlborough Park

      Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News  
                                                       July 31, 2013

The DMN e-News and an occasional hard copy DMN News are published by the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (DMNA) on an “as-needed” schedule.  The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association, Inc. has been working to unite neighbors to solve mutual problems and promote fellowship among neighbors since 1973.  Our neighborhood is in Madison & Fitchburg.
               President, Bob Hague,   218-1760
               News contact, Mary Mullen,  298-0843
               Website: <> (under construction)
               On Facebook:  Just type Dunn’s Marsh into the Facebook search box.
Besides checking out the picnic invitation for Friday, August 2, please read on to the schedule of events, articles about Verona Road reconstruction schedules, and a few other things.  Three attachments show the proposed Mountain Bike Park trails south of Dunn’s Marsh,  the recycling operation at the Beltline Frontage Road, and the workday at Marlborough Garden

5:30 pm - dark

See the attached map of the neighborhood if you haven’t been to Marlborough Park.

Free hot dogs & soda
BRING food to share.

Sing-along and jam led by Sherry Birchall who played and sang at Make Music Madison
Super playground for the kids.
Volleyball and horseshoes available for use on courts in the park

If you live in the neighborhood, you are invited.  The neighborhood is between Allied Carling Drive, south of Verona Road/Beltline, north of Dunn’s Marsh.  Bring family, friends, and neighbors.

1 - Schedule of upcoming events/Verona Road closures, etc. (Numbers refer to articles.)

Fri., Aug.  2, 5:30-dark - Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood picnic at Marlborough Park shelter (See above.)
Sat., Aug. 5 - September - Closure of connecting path between SW bike path and Hammersley Road, #3
Wed., Aug. 7, 7 p.m. Mountain Bike Park Public Information Meeting, Fitchburg Community Center, #5
Sun., Aug. 18, 10 a.m-3 pm - Ride the Drive - Segoe Rd, Regent St., Rosa Rd., & South Hill Drive.
Thur., Aug. 22, 7 pm - Visioning session for mosiacs to be located along the Beltline Frontage Road, at Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Dr.
Fri., Sept. 20, Crime Prevention Workshop (Details in future e-News)
2 - Easy Ways to Learn Plans for Verona Road/Beltline Construction
Where do you most generally like to look for information?  A Facebook page, a website devoted just to the information you want, an e-mail that comes directly to you?   Any and all of these choices are available for finding out the latest on what’s planned in the way of road, street, or lane closures caused by the Verona Road/Beltline reconstsruction project.  Very soon the Seminole Highway Bridge will be closed - until November!
Facebook: <file://localhost/WIVeronaRoadProject> (the WisDOT site)
                        (Dorothy Krause, County Supervisor and Fitchburg Alder maintains this site.)
Sign-up for e-mail updates:;jsessionid=9B7664551FF583288E7F6B822CF220EB
                                                                                                by Mary Mullen
3 - Construction Closure of Southwest Path's Connecting Path to Hammersley, Aug 5

The connecting path between the Southwest Path and the west end of Hammersley Road on the north side of Beltline Highway will be closed for approximately 6 weeks beginning around August 5th. This is necessary for the construction of a storm water detention pond, which is part of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's (DOT) reconstruction of the Beltline / Verona Road interchange.
The main Southwest path, including the bridge over the Beltline, will remain open throughout the construction. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Please use care in the vicinity of the construction.
 Click here to learn more about the Project & Detour and to see a map <>
For questions, please contact Tony Fernandez in City Engineering at (608) 266-9219 or <> , or Paul Watry of Bloom Companies (Wisconsin DOT's construction supervisor) at (414) 771-3390 or
                                    from Arthur Rose, Ped-Bike Coordinator
                                    City of Madison Traffic Engineering
4 - Pavement Being Recycled On Site (Attachment: “1 - pics recycling.jpg)
The racket we’ve been hearing lately has been due to pavement being crushed for recycling.  The attached collage shows the 4 machines involved in the work.

5 - Mountain Bike Park Public Information Meeting, Aug. 7  (Attachment: “2 map Mtn bike park. jpg)

A public information meeting to review the draft concept plan for a mountain bike park on county land south of  Dunn’s Marsh and west of Seminole highway will be held on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013.  The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Prairie View Room at the Fitchburg Community Center, 5510 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI  53711.  
This is a followup meeting to an August 2012 meeting.  Then, Dane County Parks and the City of Fitchburg hosted a public information meeting to solicit ideas and gain feedback on a proposal to create mountain bike trails within the Lewis Nine Springs E-way west of Seminole Highway.   Dane County Parks and Capital Off Road Pathfinders (CORP) have since prepared a draft mountain bike trail layout plan that is now available for review.
For further information about the upcoming meeting or the draft plan (attached), please contact Chris James, Dane County Park Planner at 608-224-3763
from Chris James, Park Planner
Dane County Land and Water Resources Department  

6 -  Garden Workday Attracts Well Over 50 Participants
(Attachment: “3  pics gardworkday7/25/13.jpg”)
The Marlborough garden workday brought swarms of adults and children to spruce up the community garden area on July 25.  While it threatened rain, that did not dampen anyone’s spirits.
Over a dozen kids sanded and scraped the sandbox boards in anticipation of repainting it.  Adults wielded maachetes to cut down the burdocks, thistles, giant ragweed, and some of the tall graass and vines that had done very well in our rainy summer.  Others used big pitchforks to put the cut vegetation in wheelbarrows and carry it to the pile that will be taken away by city workers.
Gardeners of several groups worked hard together: many Latinos, some Asians, and those of European ancestry.
At the end, all enjoyed a potluck.
7 - Newsletter Receives Compliment

Out of the blue our Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News received a very nice compliment.  It came from William Hauda who is currently the Bicycling Representative & Funding Committee Chair on the Wisconsin Nonmotorized Recreation and Transportation Trails Council.  I had met him many, many months ago at a Fitchburg committee meeting that was dealing with the Cannonball Trail crossing of Seminole Highway.
After receiving the July 5 issue of the e-News, he shot back an e-mail with these kind words:  
You probably know I am a journalist by profession and I have seen a lot of newsletters. I can tell you without doubt you produce one of the most complete and informative that I have ever seen, and I
have been on the planet for a very long time. Keep it up!

Well, I didn’t know he was a journalist. I asked for some details about his professional experience.  Bill responded right away.  After you read his “resume,” I think you’ll agree that his compliment of our neighborhood newsletter really means a lot.
Here’s his list of professional work:
United Press International, covering the state capitol. Governor, other constitutional officers, legislature (primarily responsible for the Assembly) state agencies like DNR, courts (Supreme Court, Dane County circuit court, federal district court, politics) Also presidential candidates in Wisconsin. Plus all the other stuff the media covers. Two decades, going back to Gov. John Reynolds. Then I was a political organizer for a statewide environmental organization, then ED of Common Cause in Wisconsin for another decade. Got into the bicycle touring business during my tenure with them. Did that for 20+ years before selling the company several years ago. Still write for Silent Sports magazine on health & fitness, although I am allowed to wander onto other topics. Along the way, I founded the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and was its legislative committee head until last year. Had to take a break this year due to term limits, but plan to run again next year.     Signature indicates my current sphere of activity. I'm also president of the Friends of Badger State Trail.
                                                                          by Mary Mullen

8 - Man Up!

Maybe you have seen a yard sign in the neighborhood that says, “Man Up” and wondered what it is all about.   Wonder no more.  It’s about gender equality.
The website for the Man Up  campaign explains it all right at the top of the page.  “Our mission,” it says is
To engage youth in a global movement to end gender-based violence and advance gender equality through programming and support of youth-led initiatives intended to transform communities, nations and the world,
·      by promoting gender equality and sensitivity among global youth
·      building a community of like-minded individuals, initiatives and organizations
Want to know more?  Go to the website
9 - Big Changes Ahead to Help Keep Our Zoo Forever Free, by Dane Co Exec. Joe Parisi

Can you imagine sitting down with your family to enjoy lunch at the zoo while a polar bear on the other side of a viewing window eyes your sandwich?  

You’ll have your chance thanks to a new five-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Dane County and “The Friends of the Zoo,” a private non-profit that works with the county to raise private contributions to support our Henry Vilas Zoo.  

The agreement will create the largest expansion in zoo history – Arctic Passage – an estimated $8.6 million, state-of-the-art habitat that will be the new home for polar bears, grizzly bears, harbor seals, and more.  

Exhibit features include a viewing window into the polar bear habitat, and a creek stocked with fish in the grizzly habitat – giving visitors a unique chance to watch the bears catch their breakfast.

Arctic Passage will also include an estimated $2.2 million year-round indoor/outdoor dining area with enough seating for 50 inside, and 60 outside, with another viewing window into the polar bear exhibit.  

This dining area offsets taxpayer expense for Arctic Passage, and will help create the historic “Forever Free Fund” with dining sales proceeds.  This new fund will provide financial stability, allowing the zoo to continue to update and expand exhibits, participate in species protection programs, and care for its animal family.
Pending final approval by the Dane County Board, the county will fund $4 million of Arctic Passage’s estimated design and construction costs, with the Friends of the Zoo paying the remaining balance with private donations.  The county will also fund the $2.2 million to design and build the new dining area attached to the exhibit.
Admission at the zoo has continued to climb year after year, with the zoo reaching nearly one million guests in 2012 – a record.  These changes will only strengthen our free zoo’s national reputation for world-class animal conservation and education, and family fun.  
                                                by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, (608) 267-8823 or cell (608) 843-8858

------- End of July 31, 2013 Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News  --------------
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