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Madison Parks regional beaches open for Memorial Day weekend

Looking to do some swimming or hanging out on the beach this holiday weekend? Madison Park Regional beaches will be open for those looking to enjoy the lakes over Memorial weekend. Lifeguard services are scheduled for this weekend, but are subject to change due to cool or rainy weather.

Regional beaches open June 13:

Girls basketball: Madison West shocks Verona with 1-point win

Girls basketball: Madison West shocks Verona with 1-point win

Madison West girls basketball played Verona in Division 1 Friday.

After a 70-minute delay because Madison West brought the wrong jerseys, the game tipped off.

Madison West's Shaquita Lee earned 19 points in the game.

With 13 seconds left and Verona down 2, Lexy Richardson made one of two foul shots.

Verona had a chance to score after a jump ball with a shot at 3 seconds left but Richardson missed.

Madison West shocked Verona with a 46-45 win.

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Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Two websites will be available throughout the season to update residents on ski trail and ice skating rink conditions at Madison parks.

There are thirty-two kilometers of signed and groomed trails available for cross-country skiers in six Madison parks. Trail difficulties range from easy to advanced.

Three park trails require a cross-country ski permit, but the rest offer free ski trails that are groomed less often.

For daily updates on cross country ski trail conditions, go online.

As of this week, most ice rinks in Madison are open. Ice skate rentals and concessions are available at Elver, Tenney and Vilas parks.

For daily updates on outdoor ice skating rink conditions, go online.

Grant to fund 2 new Madison splash parks

Grant to fund 2 new Madison splash parks

The construction of splash parks at Reindahl and Elver parks will be funded by a grant the Madison Parks Foundation received from the Evjue Foundation, according to a release.

Splash parks at Reindahl and Elver parks will include splash areas for toddlers, teens and families, officials said. The parks will be free and a way for families to cool off during the summer.

"Madison Parks is excited to offer kids and families more ways to stay cool during the summer," city of Madison Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski said in the release. "Spray parks are a wonderful complement to our public beaches and Goodman Pool."

Reindahl Park, at 1818 Portage Road on the far east side, is home to a major soccer complex, a reservable shelter, playground, basketball court, community gardens and tennis courts, according to the release. The splash park is among several improvements planned by the city, including athletic facility enhancements and new shelter landscaping.

Edgewood girls grab state champ cross country title

Edgewood girls grab state champ cross country title

Runners wrapped up their season Saturday as the Edgewood girls team was crowned state champions.

In Wisconsin Rapids, Edgewood girls' cross country won the Division 2 team title. The Crusaders were led by Amy Davis, who finished in second place with a time of 14:47.

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Madison West, Oregon, McFarland boys soccer teams to go state

Madison West, Oregon, McFarland boys soccer teams to go state

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The Madison West boys soccer team is going to state. Behind goals from Luke Miller and Simon Weaver the Regents beat Kettle Moraine 2-0.

The Regents will play in the division 1 state semi-finals Friday night at 7p.m. in Milwaukee.

In division 2, Nick Steidemann scored on a penalty kick in the 99th minute to give Oregon the 1-0 win over Elkhorn in two overtimes. Oregon will play Friday at 2p.m. in the division 2 state soccer semi-finals in Milwaukee.

In division 3, McFarland beat Mount Horeb 2-1. The Spartans face Ashland Thursday night in the division 3 state semi-finals at 7 p.m.

Public input meeting scheduled for proposed splash park

Public input meeting scheduled for proposed splash park

A public input meeting is scheduled to discuss the proposed splash park at Elver Park, according to a release.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 1701 McKenna Blvd.

Officials said the proposed splash park will include construction of an approximately 3,000 square foot interactive water attraction featuring spray toys and fountains for child of all ages.

The splash park will be free and open during the summer months, according to the release. The proposal also includes water conserving equipment like a recirculating water capture and reuse system, which will treat and reuse splash park water within the system.

The proposed splash park is expected to open in August 2014.