May 6, 2021
Parks, Recreation and Forestry: The Wetmore Park splashpad project is well underway and is anticipated to open at the end of June!
Police Department: Grab a cup of your favorite coffee from Beans 'n Cream Coffeehouse and enjoy a conversation with a cop!
Public Works: Have electronics you need to get rid of? Recycling them is a great way to do so! An electronics recycling event will be happening on Saturday, May 8 at the Family Aquatic Center.
Sun Prairie Media Center: Online registration is now open for kids to sign up for the Sun Prairie Media Center’s much-loved, often-imitated-but-never-duplicated summer workshops! Registration will close on Friday, June 18.
Sun Prairie Public Library: On Monday, May 10, 2021, the library will be opening its doors for more in-person services.
Mayors' Monarch Pledge
Sun Prairie is now part of an expanding North American network of cities working to create habitat in public parks, public landscaping, vacant lots, roadsides, medians, green roofs, backyard gardens and open spaces throughout the entire community. The proclamation from the April 20 Common Council can be found here.
Today, the monarch butterfly population has declined significantly as a result of numerous threats, particularly the loss of habitat due to cropland conversion, urban development, and agricultural practices. Degradation of wintering habitat in Mexico and California has also had a negative impact on the species.
Through the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors' Monarch Pledge, cities and municipalities commit each year to create habitat and educate residents on how to make a difference at home or in their community.
For more information about the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, please go to: NWF.org/MayorsMonarchPledge.
Learn more about how you can save Wisconsin’s Native Pollinators: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/endangeredresources/pollinators.html
Best Management Practices for improving pollinator habitats: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/PollinatorGardensLawns.aspx
Open Book for Property Values Remains Digital
Parks, Recreation and Forestry
SPPRF office staff is open for in person services: Tuesday – Friday 9:00am-2:00pm and available by phone at (608) 837-3449 Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by appointment as needed.
Reserve your park facility for your private event today! Reservations are available for shelters, gazebos athletic fields and courts. Reservations are accepted up to one year in advance. Green spaces are available to rent free of charge! For a full list of available rentals and to submit a request online visit: Facility Rental Information - Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation & Forestry (cityofsunprairie.com)
Wetmore Park Splashpad Project Update
The project includes the addition of a splashpad, changing facility, reconstruction of the park trails and parking lot, site utility improvements and the replacement of the playground.
The utility improvements, which included stormwater piping to address drainage and a new water service to the existing shelter, has been completed. Concrete work that includes new sidewalk access to the west shelter, a reconstruction of the existing trail, playground border, sidewalk access around the east shelter, and the splashpad deck has also been completed.
The next major project milestones will include the installation of the splashpad water features, then the installation of the new playground, followed by site restoration and the reconstruction of the parking lot.
A grand opening ceremony will be scheduled for the end of June. More details about the opening will be available in the coming weeks and can be found on the City’s website at www.cityofsunprairie.com
Mayors Monarch Pledge Update
Last week, Parks staff planted a pollinator demonstration garden at Vandenburg Heights Park. Staff will work on putting some interpretive signage out there that shares the importance of pollinator plants.
The Parks, Recreation and Forestry department have partnered with Sun Prairie Parks Friends, Inc. to install a pollinator garden at Wetmore Park this June, and will be installed prior to the opening of the splash pad. The garden will also fit with the garden theme of the splash pad! The proposal was approved at last week’s Parks Commission meeting.
As a member of the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, Sun Prairie is committed to creating habitats for the monarch butterfly and pollinators, and to educate residents about how they can make a difference at home and in their community.
Check It Out!
The Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum is now open! The Museum is open for the 2021 Season from through October 30.
Originally designed as a Public Library, established in 1927, this building was constructed on the land occupied by the original Bird family homestead. Now serving the community as the municipal Historical Museum, past uses of this building include City Offices, Village Council Chambers, the original site of the Colonial Club Senior Center, and for a short time served as a World War II Red Cross Center where volunteers rolled bandages and donated blood.
Admittance to the Museum is free and there is no charge for most Museum sponsored activities. Cash donations are accepted and always greatly appreciated. All donations will be used for preservation of the collection and educational programming.
Parks Department Notice: Emerald Ash Borer Treatment to Begin in May!
The City of Sun Prairie’s Park, Recreation, and Forestry Department has contracted TruGreen to treat high quality prominent ash trees in the community for emerald ash borer (EAB). They will be starting another round of treatments later this month. For more information on the City’s Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan go here: Ash Trees & Emerald Ash Borer Information
Summer Registration is Now Open!
Sun Prairie Family Aquatic Center Opens June 19!
Swim lesson session 1 registration now open! Season passes on sale now! Purchase by 5/31 to save $5 and get a free keychain.
View the FAC guide, including information on swim lessons at rec.cityofsunprairie.com
Save the Date…
May 13 – Session 1 swim lesson registration and FAC season pass sales begins online for residents.
May 18 - Session 1 swim lesson registration and FAC season pass sales begins online for non-residents
Zumba Tuesdays – 6/1-8/3, 6:00 PM
NEW Pound Mondays – 6/2-8/4, 5:45 PM
Zumba Thursdays Outdoors – 6/3-8/5, 5:30 PM
P90X Outdoors Mondays – 6/7-8/16, 5:30 PM
Aqua Zumba Outdoor Session 1 Tuesdays/Thursdays – 6/22-7/15, 7:15 PM
Aqua Zumba Outdoor Session 2 Tuesdays/Thursdays – 7/2-8/12, 7:15 PM
Rec on the Go
May is a Mystery! – Basic Kit $7
May is a Mystery!– Deluxe Kit $17
Let us bring a recreation program to you, subscribe to our Rec on the Go kits! This month our bags will contain activities from the past, present and future. What they will be though will be a mystery…
WPRA Discount Tickets On Sale Now!
Tickets must be purchased in person and payment with cash or check only. 2.5% service fee, or a minimum of $1.95 applied to all credit card transactions. Office hours are Tuesday-Friday 9:00AM-2:00PM or by appointment call 608-837-3449.
Moove Across Wisconsin
Police Department - Update to Coffee With a Cop!
You can stop and have coffee with a cop!
The Sun Prairie Police Department teamed up with Beans 'n Cream Coffeehouse to offer this monthly event to continue engagement between law enforcement and the community. This is an open event to anyone who desires to have a casual conversation and/or ask law enforcement-specific questions directly to police officers.
The first one occurred on Monday, April 19. The goal is to make this a monthly event that takes place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the last Monday of each month. Changes in date and time may occur due to police-related circumstances. You can stay connected by following updates posted from Facebook and Twitter on the Sun Prairie Police Department's webpage. Just click here!
Sun Prairie Media Center
Multicultural Fair Radio Reboot
You can tune in to hear the interview with Evelyn Cruz, a Sun Prairie resident who is the Director for Program Planning & Evaluation at Centro Hispano! The interview, conducted by Sara Milewski, includes loads of information on the services that Centro Hispano provides not only for the Sun Prairie community but throughout Dane County. Ms. Cruz also shares some of her favorite music and spoken word content she enjoys listening to.
How can you hear this interview? You can listen to it on 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio! The episode will be airing for the next couple of weeks on Saturdays at 4 PM. It is also available to listen to via the Sun Prairie Media Center app as well as right here.
SPMC's 2021 Summer Workshops
The City is hosting an electronics recycling event on Saturday, May 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Family Aquatic Center on 920 Linnerud Drive. This is a great way to free up space and get rid of any electronics not being used!
It's important to see what can and cannot be recycled. To do that, you can click here and find out.
Sun Prairie Public Library
Library Phased Reopening Begins
On Monday, May 10, 2021, the library will be opening its doors for more in-person services. Phase II hours of service will be: M-F: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun: 1-5 p.m.
In preparation for the reopening, the library will be closed for all services on Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7. Drive-up and walk-up window service for holds pick up will be offered on Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9. Express Technology will be closed on Saturday, May 8.
The library will be adding back the following services:
- Quick Browsing (30 minute limit for browsing & check out)
- In person reference service, technology assistance, readers’ advisory service, circulation service
- Additional computer stations (one hour limit for computers)
- Faxing, photocopying, printing, microfilm reader, wi-fi
- In-person holds pick up
- Linkcat stations for catalog searching
- Adult Services will accommodate magazine and newspaper requests
- Services by appointment: Resume writing assistance, Teleconferencing, Telehealth, Test Proctoring, Project Recovery Counseling. These services will take place in the Discussion Room and will be coordinated by Adult Services.
- Walk-up window (Circulation & Youth Services)
- Summer Library Program for Youth & Adults
- Outdoor programs
- Bus passes, taxi ride share, recycle stickers
Masks and social distancing required. Occupancy limits will be in place. Time limits will be in place: 30 minutes for browsing and 1 hour for computer use. All PHMDC (Public Health Madison Dane County) recommendations and guidelines will be followed.
Starting on Monday, May 10, drive-up and walk-up pickups will be by appointment only. Reservations can be made at www.sunlib.org and click on "Schedule a curbside pickup". We will not be able to process unscheduled pickups, but scheduled pickups will be available throughout the day either at the drive-up window or the walk-up window. Please make sure to check "walk up" or "drive up" on the reservation form so staff can prepare items correctly. The window will not be staffed directly, and interaction must be done through the intercom.
Although pickups will be limited, the building will be open from 9am - 6pm, Monday - Friday, as well as 9am - 1pm on Saturdays and 1pm - 5pm on Sundays for in-person hold pickup and self check-out. To limit close interaction between staff and patrons, all in-person pickups will be expected to make use of the self-checkout.
Children's & Teen Services
Youth Programs will take a pause in May while we enter Phase II Reopening and prepare for Summer Programs.
Wednesday, May 19th 6:30-7:30pm