From PHNA President Tania Banak:

Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

We hope you’re staying warm and not having too much trouble keeping the public sidewalk in front of your home snow-free, as required by city ordinance.  If you find yourself unable to get around due to unshoveled sidewalks, feel free to report the problem at the City’s “Report a Problem” website (

Participate in Planning for City Parks

Do you enjoy walking, playing, picnicking, etc. in the city’s parks?  If so, consider providing input for the Madison Parks Division 2011-2016 Park and Open Space Plan.  Please fill out their online survey ( by Feb. 15 or attend one of the public input presentation meetings below.

January 25, 7-9 p.m., Central Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.

February 3, 7-9 p.m., Alicia Ashman Public Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.

February 10, 7-9 p.m. Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive

Note: on behalf of PHNA, please mention in your survey that Lucy Lincoln Heistand Park (located between Frisch/Jacob’s Way/Prairie) needs a sign to identify it.  Even a small one would be useful!

West District Police Newsletter

The latest issue of the West Police District Newsletter is available at:

Neighborhood Progress

Your Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association board has been busy finalizing bylaws for the organization.  In order to be more effective in serving your needs, we’re currently looking for Area Representatives to help the board set meaningful goals, and ultimately we want to activate block captains throughout the neighborhood so we develop a stronger sense of community.  If you have an interest in serving, please contact us at  Get involved in YOUR community!

Christmas Tree Collection

The City began collection of Christmas trees on Jan. 3rd, with a second round scheduled to begin Tues. Jan. 18.  Please have your tree out on the curb by 7 am, and remove any bags, stands, ornaments, lights, or other attachments (to prevent damaging the collection equipment or injuring workers).  Place the tree at the street’s edge, and please dig it out if it becomes buried in snow.  Note that wreaths, garlands, etc. will not be collected.  Please place those items in your tan refuse cart.

That’s all for now!  Enjoy the fact that the days are getting longer!

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president