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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.

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.

Disc golf puts spin on traditional putting

Disc golf puts spin on traditional putting

The designer of a new course for a specialty sport said the south side park offers a quick game for players of all ages.

Larry Ast designed the new Capital Springs Course, in the Capital Springs State Recreation area just south of Lake Farm County Park. He said the game is much like traditional golf but does offer its own spin.

"It's just like ball golf: You throw a drive, you do an approach putt … but you're throwing it into a basket," Ast explained.

The sport also offers different tools to achieve game goals. Instead of a variety of clubs, the discs are of varying sizes, weights and designs.

The Capital Springs Course is a family-friendly park that lends itself easily to the group activity with shorter games, representatives said.

New public disc golf course opens on south side

New public disc golf course opens on south side

A new 18-hole disc golf course will challenge disc golf players on Madison's south side, the county executive said.

On Friday Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said the Capital Springs Disc Golf Course features 18 challenging holes surrounded by picturesque prairie restoration areas that help provide grassland bird habitat. 

The new disc golf course is on the Capital City Trail near Lake Farm County Park in the Capital Springs Recreation Area.

A bicycle parking area off of the Capital City Trail allows users to bike or drive to the course.

A Dane County disc golf permit works at both Capital Springs and the disc golf course in Token Creek, but it is not accepted at City of Madison disc golf courses.

An annual disc golf permit is $48, and a daily permit $8, the county executive’s office said.

Matheny gives Mallards walk-off win

Matheny gives Mallards walk-off win

The Madison Mallards are still battling to get to first place in the Northwoods League, and a walk-off win Wednesday helped them in their quest.

Madison Mallards center fielder Tate Matheny knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday to give the Mallards a 2-1 walk-off win over the Battle Creek Bombers.

Matheny hit a ground ball to the shortstop with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, but the throw home was late, and the Mallards walked off with the victory to go 16-10 on the season.

Right fielder Luke Meeteer of UW-Milwaukee got the other RBI for the Mallards in the bottom of the seventh, when he nailed a triple over the head of Bombers center fielder to knock in Jeff Zahn.

Mallards starter Jamie Nunn struck out eight batters but lasted just five innings. He allowed one run on five hits and walked one batter.

The Mallards start a two-game home series against the Wisconsin Woodchucks Thursday.

Andersen spends time coaching kids

Andersen spends time coaching kids

New Badger coach Gary Andersen spent Saturday giving back to the community by teaching area kids the game of football.

Andersen and his staff hosted a one-day youth football camp at McClain Center in Madison.

“It’s my favorite camp, to be around little kids,” Andersen said. “They’re so full of life and energy and excitement.”

Kindergartners through eighth graders were welcome to participate in drills and rotate through skill stations, have lunch with and take photos with the coach.

Mallards pound Wisconsin Rapids at Duck Pond

Mallards pound Wisconsin Rapids at Duck Pond

Strong offense and good pitching help a baseball team get some easy victories. They were key elements in the Madison Mallards win Monday night against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

The Madison Mallards hit three home runs and batted around in the second inning to win convincingly Monday night against the Rafters 13-3.

Mallards starter Luke Staub was also impressive. The pitcher from George Washington struck out 10 and allowed only two hits in seven innings of work.

The Mallards are now 14-10 on the year, and are only 21/2 games behind the Lakeshore Chinooks for first place in the Northwoods League South Division Standings.

Mallards first baseman Jeff Zahn led the offense by going 4-for-5, including a home run. He finished a triple away from the cycle, and got two of his hits in the second inning.

The Mallards will play their third game of a six-game home stand tomorrow against the Battle Creek Bombers.