|Cooling Centers Will Be Open During Heat Emergency
The heat and humidity are creating a dangerous combination this week, with heat indices predicted to approach 110°. The National Weather Service has issued a series of warnings and advisories in the coming days.
People most at risk of getting sick from the high temperatures and high humidity are older adults, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, people without housing, and people with chronic medical conditions.
Cooling centers are available to anyone who needs a safe, public space to cool off during the extreme heat. The list includes public places like City libraries, churches, and community centers. Please see the map of locations here.
Now that we’re more than a month into Madison’s first full-scale Metro’s service redesign in more than 25 years, I wanted to share some insights about future improvements to come to the transit network.
On Sunday, August 20, Metro will be implementing the first round of service adjustments. These updates include schedule tweaks to help make connections, added trips to better hit morning work shifts, some adjustments to help keep routes on time, and restored service to complete trips to the UW Hospital. Updated schedules and trip planning data are in development and will be available soon.
Metro and I welcome the system-improving feedback and appreciate the patience the Madison community has shown as Metro works through these issues, including issues of accessibility, route timing, app function, and signage. I encourage all riders to let Metro know how your ride is going. How’s your trip working? Are there accessibility issues that we need to know about? What’s going well? What could be improved upon? Please let them know by giving Metro a call at (608) 266-4466 or by emailing email@example.com.
|Continue to Vaccinate as You Age
Children aren’t the only ones that need vaccines. Many adults, especially older adults, need to be immunized in order to protect themselves against certain illnesses and diseases. Many preventable diseases can bring about serious illness and even death in senior citizens who fail to get the proper vaccinations. In fact, 45,000 adults die every year from complications due to vaccine-preventable diseases, says John Muir Health. You may not think you need vaccines or perhaps you have heard of side effects that come with the vaccine itself. However, the fact of the matter is, if you are 65 or older, you are at an increased risk of complications from many diseases.
Get some answers to important questions about vaccines here.
|This September Get a Library Card!
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! Started in 1987 by then Secretary of Education William Bennett, Library Card Sign-Up Month is a time to learn more about all the things you can do at your local library and to sign your kids or yourself up for a card. Celebrate with us by getting or renewing your Madison Public Library card. If you sign up in September you can take a picture with one of our BIG library cards at any location. Check out 30 Things You Can Do With Your Library Card!
|Library Sunday Hours Resume 9/10
All Madison Public Libraries will be CLOSED on Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day. The libraries will be open on Tuesday, September 5 with normal hours. All libraries will also be closed Thursday, September 14 for an all-staff inservice day. Library service resumes this fall on Sundays at Central, Lakeview, and Goodman South Madison Libraries beginning Sunday, September 10. In-person service hours at the three libraries are 1-5pm on Sundays, with no telephone service available on Sundays. For all hours information, visit madpl.org/locations.
Madison-based doula, writer, agriculturist and mixed media artist, Qwantese Winters, is the 2023 Naturalist-in-Residence, a program returning for its second year this September! Her work is centered around inspiring black folks to connect with the land, and heal from land-based trauma through the use of joyful engagement with nature, and land practices. In partnership with Madison Parks, nature-based programs for all ages will take place in libraries, parks and natural areas across the city of Madison from September 1-30, 2023. Learn more and register for programs at madpl.org/naturalist.
|One More Dane Dance!
Dane Dances is a free, family-friendly event held every Friday evening in August on the beautiful Monona Terrace rooftop. The final dance of the summer happens this Friday, August 25th. The beloved summer music series is a great way to get down and dance with your friends, family, or coworkers. Dane Dances promotes inclusivity with a fun night of music and dancing for all ages. Learn more here.
|Lake Monona Waterfront Update
Madison Parks held a public event at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center on Monday, July 24. Representatives from the Sasaki design presented proposed revisions to their lakeshore plan based on community input received during the first phase of the design challenge.
The presentation and Q&A session were recorded:
LMW Master Plan Update Recorded Presentation
LMW Master Plan Update Presentation Slides PDF
Please send Lake Monona Waterfront comments or questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Feedback Needed for NE Area Plan
The City of Madison recently hosted community connect event for the Northeast Area where residents were able to learn recommendations for land use, transportation, and more for the Northeast Area Plan. Additionally, the City sought input from residents on what physical improvements they’d like to see in the Greater Sandburg and Burke Heights neighborhoods. if you couldn’t participate but still want to give feedback on the projects for Sandburg or Burke Heights neighborhoods, please click here to take a short survey.
|Get Your Residential Parking Permit
Do you have your residential parking permit? The Residential Parking Permit allows residents to park in excess of the posted one- or two- hour time limits on designated streets in their area between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm, or in locations designated for resident parking only between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. Permits for the following permit year, September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024, can be submitted beginning in July. Those permits will not be mailed until mid-August. Appointments to apply for and collect permits in person, began Tuesday, August 15.
Learn more about the permit program here.
|Update on Violence Prevention
The City of Madison is working to address the growing and urgent issue of violence in our community. One leader in this work is Public Health is tackling violence prevention with a public health lens. That includes investing in community partners with more than $1 million in grant funding made available by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The second round of agencies and organizations to receive the funding can be found here.
|Accessible Playground Opening
Madison Parks recently performed a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Frautschi Family Accessible Playground at Warner Park. The Frautschi family’s extraordinary philanthropy is felt across our community with their gifts of the Overture Center, Concerts on the Square, Frautschi Point on Lake Mendota and many others. Their generosity continues with the gift of an accessible playground at Warner Park, allowing people of all abilities to enjoy Madison’s parks.