From PHNA President Tania Banak:

Hello neighbors in the Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association,

As this organization’s new president, I’m hoping to bring our community together. We’re very diverse, and that is a good thing. We’re also experiencing some growing pains, and I have some ideas on how we might address some of those issues.

Perhaps you do, too? Or perhaps you’d like to know more?

If so, please join me in a Neighborhood Association brainstorming meeting, to prioritize what direction/s we move in.

We will meet on Thurs. 8/13, 6:30 pm at the West Police District, 1710 McKenna Blvd.

Some initial discussion ideas:

  • What are our community standards? (behavior, respect, etc)
  • How can we best share these expectations with community residents?
  • What are some activities that might bring the community together?

Hope you can join us!

Some additional opportunities to get involved include:

SW Alliance of Neighborhoods (SWANS), Wed. 8/26, 7 pm, at Falk Elementary School, 6323 Woodington Way (a coalition of area neighborhoods whose goal is to improve quality of life in our area)
Families & Communities United is planning a huge community event at Elver Park on Sat. 8/29 designed to build community and bring resources to low-income families in the area. Please mark your calendar to attend. Better yet, if you can volunteer to help, please contact Shamawyah Curtis at or call Dawn Knudtson (608-622-0887) or Shaneka Davis (608-217-3879). We need lots of volunteers!

Interested in Madison ’s budget? The mayor is holding public hearings on this topic (or you can email him if you can’t attend):

Wed, 8/5, 6-8 pm, Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St .
Tues, 8/11, 6-8 pm, East District Police Station, 809 S. Thompson Dr .
Mon, 8/17, 6-8 pm, Alicia Ashman Branch Library, 733 North High Point Rd.
Citizens unable to attend any of the Mayor’s budget meetings can also send their ideas and comments by email, Let the mayor know what services are most important to you.

Finally, there will be an open discussion of racial issues, tentatively scheduled for 8/10.

I’m looking forward to working with all of you! Thanks for your interest in our community!

Tania Banak

Prairie Hills Neighborhood Assn. president