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Madison police chief, district officials to host community forums

The Madison Police Department has scheduled community forums to stay engaged with questions and concerns of residents, according to a release.

The sessions will be an opportunity to provide police officials and MPD Police Chief Mike Koval with direct feedback, officials said. There will also be a representative from the district to talk about specific neighborhood issues.

Mallards program places players with families

Mallards program places players with families

Meet Craig and Sherry Barnsley of Madison, who are one of several families in the area that have a Madison Mallards baseball player staying with them for a few months.

Splash pad opens at Elver Park

Splash pad opens at Elver Park

Madison’s largest park, Elver Park, now has a splash pad.

The Elver Park splash pad features fountains and water toys for kids of all ages.

It is the second splash pad to open this summer. Last week, the city opened the Reindahl Park splash pad on the east side.

Habitat for Humanity Seeking Families for Homes to be built in Sun Prairie, Fitchburg, Madison

Earlier this year, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County purchased 29 family unit lots in Sun Prairie and will be building homes in both the Uplands and Vandenburg Heights neighborhoods over the next several years, according to a press release.   Habitat also recently purchased 24 lots in Fitchburg in the Renaissance in the Park neighborhood and three lots in Southwest Madison.

For individuals and families interested in building with Habitat for Humanity of Dane County starting in 2015, informational meetings will be held:

Mounted police horses featured at park meet-and-greets

Mounted police horses featured at park meet-and-greets

The city's equestrian police team is scheduled to make appearances at three parks this month to meet with the community.

The Madison Police Department said its mounted patrol unit will hold "Community Corral" stops on the south, west and northeast sides of the city.

The Community Corral is an informal meet-and-greet event, organizers said.

Police said the park events are "a great way to 'corral' up area neighbors to say hello to the largest four-legged members of the police department."

The mounted patrol is scheduled to stop by from 4-5 p.m. at:

  • SOUTH: Henry Vilas Park, 1602 Vilas Park Drive, near the playground on Monday, July 21
  • WEST: Bordner Park, 5610 Elder Place, on Monday, July 28
  • NORTHEAST: Reindahl Park, 1818 Portage Road, near the shelter on Wednesday, July 30

Elver Park fireworks show to briefly close McKenna Blvd.

Elver Park fireworks show to briefly close McKenna Blvd.

A free family-friendly fireworks event will take place on Madison's west side Thursday night. 

The city of Madison said it will host fireworks at Elver Park at 9:30 p.m., and residents are welcome to arrive as early as 7 p.m.

Organizers said parking will be free in the two lots at Elver Park, however cars will not be allowed to leave the parking lot until 30 minutes after the fireworks show ends for the safety of guests exiting the park on foot.

Some side streets in the area will have temporary parking restrictions Thursday. At about 9 p.m., McKenna Boulevard will be closed to vehicles from Raymond Road to Schroeder Road, the city said. The closure will last until about 30 minutes after the fireworks have ended.

Park visitors are welcome to bring a picnic, however the city said alcohol and grilling are not allowed in the park Thursday. Limited food will also be available at the old shelter, according to the city. 

Humane society's pet event offers free adoptions

Humane society's pet event offers free adoptions

Lots of furry friends are looking for good homes during a free pet adoption event underway in Madison this weekend.

Dane County Humane Society spokeswoman Gayle Viney said most dogs had already been adopted by Saturday afternoon but there were still plenty of cats available to good homes at no cost. 

The adoption fees are being waived as part of a two-day event sponsored by Maddie's Fund. 

DCHS is one of five area rescues including DC Friends of Ferals, Angels Wish, the Humane Society of Southern WI and Friends of Noah who are participating in the nationwide event.

People are invited to visit the animals at the DCHS main shelter, 5132 Voges Road, or the Adoption Center West, 7474 Mineral Point Road.

Viney said doors opened Saturday at 10 a.m. and will continue through 8 p.m. Sunday event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Potential families will still be screened so pets go to qualified homes, organizers said.