Madison Water Survey
Madison Water Utility is gathering feedback for a major update to our Public Participation Plan. Please take a few minutes to complete our Communication and Public Participation SurveyFacebook or direct folks to our website to complete it. Go to:

Elver Park Winter Facilities Now Open

The ice skating rinks, both Hockey and General are open.  The lights will be on at the rinks and the Elver Park Shelter with concessions/rentals is now open.  For info on times, go to
Ice Skating Lessons.  Registration is now open!  Madison Parks is offering ice skating lessons at Elver and Tenney Parks beginning in the week of January 6. (weather permitting)  Don’t wait!  Sign up today!
Sledding Hills.  Madison Parks staff made more snow for the Elver Park sledding hill last week.  Warming shelter is open. Remember, sledding is at your own risk, exit the bottom of the hill and walk up the sides of the hill.
Cross-Country Ski Trails.  For now all of the cross-country ski trails are closed.    For more information on Madison Parks ski trails, visit:
Snowshoeing.  For a list of parks to snowshoe in:    Remember, snowshoers must stay on the conservation park trails; snowshoes are not allowed on cross country ski trails at anytime. Madison Parks does not rent snowshoes.
 Stay updated on Winter Recreation Conditions:
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, Dec. 17  4:00 p.m.
Nifty, Gifty, Thrifty.  Make special treasures to keep or give to friends and family.  Meadowridge Library.  Free. Ages 6 and up.  Children under 8 must have an adult helper.
Tuesday, Dec. 17  6:00-7:30 p.m.
Falk School PTO meeting.  Library, Falk Elementary School.
Tuesday, Dec. 17 Noon
Last day to reserve place at the Madison Senior Center for the Holiday Dinner Dec. 25. 
Dinner featuring roast turkey and all the trimmings is served at noon. Entertainment.  Cash contributions by participants are encouraged.  Make a reservation and transportation arrangements by Dec. 17.  Call 251-8405.

Thursday, Dec. 19  5:30-7:30 p.m.
Sustainable Madison Transportation Master Plan PUBLIC WORKSHOP
Madison Senior Center, 330 West Mifflin Street. The City of Madison invites you to a Public Workshop for the Sustainable Madison Transportation Master Plan.  This is your opportunity to be an integral part of the planning process from the very beginning. Please contact David Trowbridge, Planning Division, with questions: (608) 267-1148 -4719310DA9D2
Thursday, Dec. 19   5:30-7:30 p.m.
Verona Road Construction.  Open house meeting to discuss next year’s construction work and traffic impacts on Verona Road, from the beltline to Raymond Road and surrounding areas.  Construction is scheduled to start in March 2014.  Meeting at City of fitchburg Fire Station No. 2 (5415 King James Way, Fitchburg) View the Verona Road reconstruction schedule (2014-1016).

Plants of the Dinosaur Age exhibit at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

Open daily, November 2 through March 2. Step inside the Conservatory and travel back in time 250 million years to see the plants dinosaurs actually ate. See modern versions of those plants in person, along with fossils from the  Dinosaur Age. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $2 for the general public, and free to Olbrich Botanical Society members. Children ages 5 and under are free. Admission is free on Wednesdays  and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon.