Parks Alive is continuing building strong neighborhoods!

Events are held in parks across the city and throughout the summer. Checkout all of the Parks Alive events and other summer activities listed on the Parks calendar.

Elver Park Monday, July 17, 2023
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Aldo Leopold Park Tuesday, July 18, 2023
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Hammersley Park Wednesday, July 19, 2023
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Owl Creek Park Thursday, July 20, 2023
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Allied Park Monday, July 24, 2023
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Worthington Park Tuesday, July 25, 2023
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Warner Park Wednesday, July 26, 2023
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Meadowood Park Wednesday, July 26, 2023
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Penn Park Thursday, July 27, 2023
5:00pm to 8:00pm

The Madison Arts Commission awarded $107,485 to 68 organizations and individuals for projects through their annual arts grants program.

The arts grants program provides support for projects that enrich the cultural landscape of the City, supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Grants are awarded to both individual artists for fellowships, or organizational applicants for project or arts educations programs. View the full list of recipients here:

Streets Division Updates:

  • 121 Olin Avenue Closed for Swim Meet: From July 27 to July 29, the Streets Division facility at 121 Olin Avenue will be completely closed to the public. This means there you will not be able to pick up mulch, use the drop-off site, or deliver brush for processing during these three days. Why? The All City Swim meet will be held next door at the Goodman Pool and it is expected to generate a significant amount of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. We’re closing our site to minimize try to make things a little safer for everyone visiting our neighbor for the swim meet.
  • Work Orders for Large Items: Don’t forget you need to submit work orders to have your large items picked up. Work orders have been required for two years now, so if you have some neighbors that have items that have been sitting out for a while, perhaps a friendly conversation to let them know that the City doesn’t just come around to collect things like anymore. They should call us if they need help setting up the order.
  • Food Scraps Collection Going Strong: We had one of the biggest days ever at our food scraps drop-off program last week by collecting just barely under 1,000 pounds in one day! You can help keep certain food scraps out of the landfill, too, by participating in our program or even composting at home.
  • Televisions, Computers, Laptops Are Free: As a reminder, for 2023 you can recycle these items and all other electronics at the Streets Division drop-off sites at no cost. You just have to be a City of Madison resident. We cannot accept electronics from businesses.
  • Take Batteries to a Drop-off Site: Batteries should never be placed into your recycling cart. Take them to a Streets Division drop-off site. Here’s more details on how to handle these items safely.

How to Help Your Trees Endure the Spongy Moth Outbreak

Every ten to fifteen years, there is a spike in the spongy moth population. And we are in another one of these boom years now. Due to a variety of environmental factors, this year is a bad one, too, with high numbers throughout all of Wisconsin. This is a problem because when these moths are in the caterpillar stage of their life cycle they defoliate trees. The University of Wisconsin Extension has a great season-by-season breakdown of what you can do to help control the population of this moth.
We recommend you focus on destroying egg masses on your property and trees when the time comes.

Additional resources and information about the spongy moth can be found on the City of Madison Forestry website,

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