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City receives grant to update Goodman Pool playground

City receives grant to update Goodman Pool playground

The Madison Parks Foundation gives the city of Madison a grant to update the playground at Goodman Pool, according to a release.

Thousands of children and families make their way to the Goodman Pool and its adjacent playground in the summer, city officials said. The playground’s beach-themed play structure and sand-based play area is as popular as the pool itself, but officials said the sand creates a variety of maintenance problems for the play structures and the pool area.

The Madison Parks Foundation is giving the city of Madison Parks Department a $15,000 grant to replace the playground, according to the release. The total cost of the project is expected to be approximately $26,000.

The project, which is expected to start in the spring, will feature a poured-rubber surface covered by artificial turf, and the new design encourages kids to crawl, climb and play, officials said.

Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transit and Parking Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, according to a city of Madison press release.

The meeting will be held at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., in room 260.

The hearing will discuss proposed service changes to Routes 8, 14, 15, 19, 26, 36, 44, 48, 50, 59, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 78. Changes are proposed to go into effect during the last week of August.

People are encouraged to attend the public hearing to give feedback. To submit comments on the Metro changes online, visit mymetrobus.com/feedback.

County looks to buy homeless center for $330k

County looks to buy homeless center for $330k

Dane County has made an offer to buy a Madison homeless resource center from a nonprofit group on the city's south side.

The $330,000 deal would make Hospitality House at 1490 Martin St. county property, and more Dane County funds would be allocated to expand the facility this summer, according to Dane County Executive Joe Parisi's office.

But first, the Dane County Board and Porchlight Executive Board have to approve the purchase.

Porchlight, a nonprofit group that provides resources and housing to homeless people in the Dane County area, operates three shelters in Madison. Hospitality House, Porchlight's daytime shelter, provides job counseling, housing assistance, transportation, meals, mail services and eviction prevention funds.

For skaters, by skaters

For skaters, by skaters

In the shadows of the endurance races of the 1920s and the entertainment spectacles of the 1980s, roller derby has emerged from the darkness, exploding with energy and character, as one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

But instead of slowly creeping out of the shadows of the past derby scene, these derby ladies are full-fledged skating out into the spotlight, dressed as anything from superheroes to vampires, with passion in their hearts and a thirst for high-contact competition.

Mad Rollin’ Dolls, Madison’s flat track roller derby league, is in its 10th season.

Rhythm & Booms Downtown Neighborhoods Meeting

Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc., Marquette Neighborhood Association and Alders Marsha Rummel and Mike Verveer invite neighbors to a meeting with Madison Festivals on Monday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m. at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, Health Center Auditorium, 333 W. Main Street, to discuss the Saturday, June 28, Rhythm & Booms event.

The City of Madison and MFI want to hear what concerns neighbors have.  MFI will provide an update on the plans and the required City approvals that have not yet been granted.  Representatives from City agencies will also be in attendance.

 

Madison Magazine's Top Shelf Winter Taste 2014

Madison Magazine's Top Shelf Winter Taste 2014

Madison Magazine hosts the fourth annual Top Shelf Winter Taste featuring Crown Royal Whiskey. The event is Monday March 10 at the Beacon Lounge at Bonfyre American Grille from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

Attendees can sip on various products out of a complimentary sampling glass and sample top shelf Whiskeys, Whiskys, and Ryes. Food from Beacon Lounge, Bonfyre American Grille, The Wise at HotelRED, Mason's on Main and Oil of the Olive will be available.

 

Each attendee will also receive a complimentary Cupcakes A-Go-Go full-size cupcake and can indulge their sweet tooth with Gelato and Gelatinis from Villa Dolce.

 

A custom craft brew called Madison Magazine's Big Red Blessing courtesy of Next Door Brewing Company will be available to sample.

 

100.5 ESPN radio broadcasts live from the party.

 

There is a $35 General Admission.

Bay Creek Neighborhood Association hosts 'Family Craft Time'

The public is invited to get crafty with the Bay Creek Neighborhood Association on March 16.

The group will meet for "Family Craft Time" in the basement of Lakeside St. Coffee House, 402 W. Lakeside St., from 1-3 p.m.

Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Judy Robinson by email to treasurer@merr.com.

Robinson can also by reached at 608-469-1218.

Some craft items will be available, but everyone is encouraged to bring their own projects and materials to ensure there is enough to go around.