August 1, 2019

Department Updates

Economic Development Department: There's still time to join the Sun Prairie Business Improvement District for this summer’s Streets of Sun Prairie line-up of Thursday night events taking place in Downtown Sun Prairie! Stop by for Wild Rumpus Circus or a Sing-a-Long with The Piano Gal Shop!

Engineering Department: Not sure what to do when approaching a roundabout? We're sharing helpful reminders on how to safely use roundabouts and what to do when you see large vehicles or emergency vehicles approaching. 

Parks and Recreation Department: Season passes at the Family Aquatic Center are now 50% off. Purchase yours today! The Fall 2019 Rec Connection Guide will be available on Friday, August 9. Sign up for exciting upcoming sports & fitness classes such as Treetop Explorer Recreation Tree Climbing, Intro to Sport Karate and Intermediate Skateboard Lessons!

Police Department: Join us at the YMCA for Friday Nights at the Y every Friday from 8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Nobody wants to be a victim of crime, we we want to turn our citizens into active crime fighters with the Lock It or Lose It campaign!

Public Works Department: Our next round of brush collection starts on Monday, August 8. Please have materials placed curbside by 7 a.m. on Monday. We're reminding residents about bulk item collections and sharing information about who you can contact to make arrangements for pick up. 

Sun Prairie Media Center: KIDS-4 will host an Open House on Tuesday, August 6 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Read on to learn more about the event and how to enroll!  We invite you to join us on August 24 at Wetmore Park for our 103.5 The Sun Summer Bash! Don't forget to tune in to KSUN & 103.5 FM The Sun this fall as we once again will provide live coverage of home and away games for the Sun Prairie Cardinals High School Football! We'd also like to introduce you to our newest staff member!

Sun Prairie Public Library: The Book'n It Run for Literacy is this Saturday! There is still time to register and volunteer. Teen Book Club is having a summer session bonus round for teens in grades 6-12. Other upcoming events include a visit from Capitol Physical Therapists, a documentary showing of Touched by an Angell and Summer Ukulele Jam!

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Economic Development

Wild Rumpus CircusStreet of SP logo

Join us tonight from 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. for Wild Rumpus Circus in Cannery Square! 

The Wild Rumpus Circus will have:

  • Stilt walkers from 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • 30-minute comedy/juggling performance by Jacob Mills from 6:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Hands-on Try Circus activity stations (trapeze, German Wheel, and tight wire) from 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Funny Faces Family Entertainment will provide caricature drawing and balloon sculpting. Rachel Manzke Photography will be on site to take a photo of your child/children; when you visit after the event, you’ll be able to get a FREE download! 1 photo per child please.


Join us on August 8 from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. for a Sing-a-Long in Cannery Square!

Marta Hansen, owner of The Piano Gal Shop will host her annual Sing-a-Long with a selection of classics from Disney, Pixar, and other animated favorites. Lyric sheets will be available. Audience participation is encouraged, as well as costumes.

Funny Faces Family Entertainment will apply waterproof glitter tattoos create balloon sculptures for kids.

The Streets of Sun Prairie event series is sponsored in part by the Bank of Sun Prairie. The Wild Rumpus Circus event on August 1 is also sponsored in part by Eddie’s Alehouse & Eatery.

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Reminders on Roundabouts

Roundabouts are circular intersections where drivers travel clockwise and around a central island. Drivers are required to slow down and yield to vehicles on the left before entering the intersection and exiting at their desired street. Sun Prairie has five roundabouts, three along W. Main Street and two along O'Keeffe Avenue. 

When driving in a roundabout, please remember to:

  • Slow down
  • Watch for and obey traffic signs
  • Yield to all lanes of traffic on your left before entering, only enter when safe to do so
  • Yield to all pedestrians and bicyclists as you enter and exit
  • Keep your speed low and stay in your lane (do not change lanes within the roundabout)
  • Exit carefully to your destination

Navigating with large vehicles:

  • 2015 Wisconsin Act 139  requires drivers at roundabouts to yield right-of-way and give space to trucks and other large vehicles measuring at least 40 feet long or 10 feet wide when approaching and driving through roundabouts
    • This means that drivers of smaller vehicles must provide space by yielding or slowing down, allowing the larger vehicle first entrance and space
    • Larger trucks such as semi-trucks can legally occupy the space they need to make a turn, which may include cutting into the next lane while turning in a roundabout
  • If two large vehicles approach a roundabout at the same time, the vehicle on the right must yield right-of-way to the vehicle on the left
  • What about emergency vehicles? 
    • If you are in the roundabout, drivers should continue through, leaving the intersection clear, and pull over safely once through the roundabout
    • Do not stop or pull over if you are in the roundabout. This may impede the emergency vehicle from safely negotiating the roundabout
    • See the WisDOT flyer here for more information about what to do when an emergency vehicle approaches a roundabout

Bicycles at a roundabout:

  • Only experienced cyclists should travel through roundabouts
  • Cyclists follow the same general rules that apply to motorists
    • Choose the proper lane for your route
    • Yield to all lanes of traffic on your left before entering
    • Yield to all pedestrians and bicyclists as you enter and exit
    • Stay in your lane and do not hug the curb - this way, drivers will see you
    • If you do not want to ride your bike in the roundabout, dismount and walk your bicycle at the designated crosswalks

Pedestrians at a roundabout:

  • All pedestrians must cross at the designated crosswalks
  • Although vehicles are required to stop for pedestrians, always exercise caution when crossing

We hope you enjoyed these helpful tips! For more information, visit our website or WisDOT.

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Parks & Recreation Department

Visit the Sun Prairie Family Aquatic Center!

FAC Hours of Operation

Season passes are now 50% off!
Individual: $25R/$37.50NR
Family: $60R/$80NR

Coming Soon

Sun Prairie Parks and Recreation Fall 2019 Rec Connection Guide will be available on Friday, August 9. Registration begins at 9:00am on Monday, August 20. 
You can pick up a guide at the following locations...

  • The Colonial Club
  • Sun Prairie Public Library
  • City Hall
  • Westside Community Services Building
  • Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce

Basketball Camp
M-Th, 8/5-15  
Grades K-1, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Grades 2-3, 10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Grades 4-5, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Improve your basketball skills through drills, contests and fun activities in these two-week basketball camps. You will learn the key aspects of the game including defense, ball handling, passing, shooting and more! You can take just one or both sessions to improve your skills. Session 1 and Session 2 will cover the same skills and activities.

Treetop Explorer Recreation Tree Climbing
Ages 7+
8/5, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
8/5, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
8/12, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
$42 R/NR

Fun, fitness and adventure! Recreational tree climbing allows climbers to ascend into and explore trees safely. Gain new appreciation for trees, nature and your city parks. This unique activity is enjoyed by individuals, small groups and even families! After an easy-to-follow tutorial from a qualified tree climbing facilitator, climbers will be ascending within minutes for an unforgettable adventure high in the treetops! No experience is necessary. All gear and instruction is provided. Participants should wear long pants, sturdy shoes and bring a sense of adventure.

Tennis Lessons - Beginner
M/W, 8/5-8/21
Ages 4-6, 5:45 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Ages 7-9, 6:30 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Ages 10-12, 7:15 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

TU/TH, 8/6-8/22
Ages 4-6, 8:30 a.m.–9:15 a.m.
Ages 7-9, 9:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Ages 10-12, 10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
$36 R/$54 NR

These youth tennis lessons are an introduction to the game of tennis. Basic skills, rules and scoring will be taught and practiced through drills and games. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and bring a water bottle with their name on it. Racquets are available on a limited basis so please bring your own if you have one.

Intro to Sport Karate
Tu/Th, 8/6-8/29
Ages 4-7, 3:45 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
$49 R/$74 NR

Learn the building blocks of jumping, spinning and flipping like a karate master. Participants in this class will become more focused, confident and well-behaved. Did we mention exercise? They are sure to stay active during this dynamic style of sport karate. For an example, watch this video:

Sport Foundations
Tuesdays, 8/6-8/27 OR Thursdays, 8/8-8/29
Ages 9-11, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Sport Foundations is a 60-minute training session designed for 9-11 year old athletes with the focus of learning and developing fundamental sports skills and refining fundamental movement skills. This approach is rooted in a long-term athlete development philosophy. This age is known as the "Golden Age of Skill Development". This is an optimal time to learn and even perfect fundamental skills the athlete can use to further enhance their athletic development. Each session will focus on a combination of the following skills:

  • Athletic position
  • Body awareness
  • First-step quickness
  • Hand-eye/foot-eye coordination
  • Fundamental movement skills for sports
  • Integrated core stability
  • Foundational strength (body weight)

Volleyball Camp
M-Th, 8/12-8/22
Grades 2-3, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Grades 4-5, 5:15 p.m.–6:15 p.m.

Participants will learn the game of volleyball and develop their skills through game play. This camp is suitable for beginners and intermediate players. You can take one or both sessions to improve your skills. Session 1 and 2 will cover the same skills and activities. Registration deadline to receive a camp T-shirt is August 7.

Pickleball Lessons
Mondays, 8/12 & 8/19
Ages 16+, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
$33 R/$50 NR

What is Pickleball?  Pickleball is a low impact paddle sport played on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net, a large ping pong like paddle and a plastic whiffle ball.  Created for all ages and skill levels, the simple rules of the game make it easy for beginners to learn.  But don't be fooled, it can develop into a quick fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. These lessons are for players who are new to the game or who want to brush up on their skills.

Learn to Mountain Bike
M-Th, 8/12-8/15
Ages 9-18, 8:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
$37 R/$56 NR

Do you like riding your bike? Do you want to take it to the next level? If you answered yes to both of these questions, this class is for you! Join us for a week of fun while learning basic skills for becoming a mountain biker. You will learn to ride skinnies, navigate obstacles and become a more balanced rider, all while becoming a more confident cyclist. We'll practice basic drills that will help you 'rip it up' on your bike!

Skateboard Lessons - Intermediate
M-F, 8/12-8/16
Ages 8-13, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
$35 R/$53 NR

Build off of what was learned in the beginner session and take your skating to the next level!  Learn more advanced tricks and develop a greater confidence on your board.

  • Standard "Pill Shaped" skateboards only
  • No penny boards or longboards (hard to maneuver and learn tricks)
  • Metal trucks only
  • 58mm wheels or smaller
  • Boards must have grip tape

For more information or to register for these and other Recreation programs please visit the Recreation Department page at

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Police Department

Lock it or Lose it Safety Tips

POLICE Lock it Dont Lose ItThis summer the Sun Prairie Police Department is reminding residents to lock their vehicles and remove valuables. Opportunistic thieves target unlocked vehicles with items in plain sight to steal valuable items such as GPS units, phones, tablets and laptops.

The majority of thefts in the City of Sun Prairie occur to unlocked vehicles or garages. The Sun Prairie Police Department believes that by removing valuables and locking vehicles, together we can drastically reduce these thefts in the city. One second may save you days of inconvenience and money. Also, If you see something, SAY something! Call 9-1-1 immediately if you witness a car burglary or suspect someone is checking out cars for potential theft. Lock It or Lose it!

Friday Nights at the Y

Friday Nights at the Y is every Friday from 8:00–10:30 p.m. Friday Nights at the Y are free and available for all 13–18 year olds. friday nights at the y

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Public Works Department

Next Brush Collection Week

Our next brush collection starts the week of Monday, August 5. Brush should be set curbside by 7 a.m. on the 1st day of the collection week. To ensure your brush is collected, please place materials curbside appropriately. 

To ensure pick-up, please follow the following guidelines:

  • Brush must be stacked neatly at the curb, piled no more than 4 feet high, with cut ends facing the curb.
  • Leave branches in long segments, as long as 1 person can handle. Do not cut into small segments.
  • Brush should not be piled in a manner that affects motorist visibility, and should also be kept away from trees, signs, parked cars, mailboxes, fire hydrants, and utility poles.
  • Do not put brush in bags, boxes, or trash containers - we will not pick it up. Keep brush in back of curb.
  • Materials greater than 8 inches in diameter must be cut into manageable pieces, and kept separate from brush. Logs and branches 4 inches or more in diameter must be trimmed of all small branches. Materials less than 1 inch in diameter must be tied together in 4 foot bundles, not exceeding 50 pounds.
  • We will not collect brush that is cut or trimmed by contractors. Contractors hired by property owners are responsible for removing the material. Collections are for brush and tree trimmings from a typical residential clean-up, not entire tree removals.
  • Do not mix yard waste in with your brush pile, neither will be collected.
  • Keep brush free of wire, tape, or inorganic materials. The use of string or twine is acceptable.

Not sure of how to place your brush? Review the Do's and Do Not's here.

Please note, materials are not collected in one day. Collections will be conducted in the most expedient method possible, but inclement weather and mechanical problems may create delays.  Collections are generally completed within one week, if you have not been picked up within that time, please call Public Works at 608-837-3050 to inform them of the missed collection. Items will only be considered missed and rescheduled if they were set out by the first day of collection.

Bulk Item Collections

As a reminder, bulk items or large items that do not fit in the refuse carts must be arranged for disposal by the resident or property owner at the owner's expense. Residents may schedule the collection of bulk items with any of the following providers:

  • by Pellitteri (257-4285) 
  • 1-800-GOT-JUNK
  • JUNK KING (1-888-888-JUNK)
  • Guy-Girl and a Truck (608-209-5977)
  • College Hunks Hauling Junk (1-888-689-5999)

Items can also be taken to Dane County Landfill for disposal. Other options to consider before throwing your unwanted items out:

  • Can it be reused?
  • Can it be recycled?

Some organizations offer free or discounted rates for home pickup service.

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Sun Prairie Media Center

SPMC-KIDS4 Registration-Open House2019-2020 KIDS-4 Registration Open Now!

A new year of KIDS-4 is just around the corner! KIDS-4 is an after-school media production and literacy program for SPASD students in 4th through 8th grade. KIDS-4 “crews” will start in mid-October and will run through the end of April. KIDS-4 Registration for 2019-2020 crew year opened on August 1. Registration forms can be found online at:  

Students enrolled in KIDS-4 work after school once a week in "crews" and their work airs on KIDS-4, a 24-hour public access station available on Charter, TDS, Roku and Apple TV devices, as well as streaming on Some projects will air on 103.5 The Sun Community Radio.

KIDS-4 will host an Open House on Tuesday, August 6 from 4-6 PM. On that day, interested students and families will get the opportunity to tour the Sun Prairie Media Center (located within the Sun Prairie Public Library building at 1350 Linnerud Drive) and meet the KIDS-4 staff. (Please note that attending the open house is encouraged but is not mandatory in order to sign up for KIDS-4 and informal tours are available anytime during normal business hours.)

The final deadline to register for KIDS-4 is September 13. However, please note that in order to provide the best experience possible for your child, registration numbers are limited for KIDS-4! Please visit today to register your child for the 2019-2020 KIDS-4 crews!

For additional information, please contact Rachel at 837-4193 or email at:

103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio Turns Four!

SPMC-Summer Bash 2019On Saturday, August 24, the Sun Prairie Media Center will host the annual “103.5 The Sun Summer Bash," a concert and birthday celebration to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the broadcast launch of 103.5 The Sun Community Radio. The concert will be held at Sun Prairie’s Wetmore Park at 555 North Street. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 4 PM.

The free event will feature live musical performances from Wise Jennings and Jake O’. The Sun Prairie Lions Club will host a beer tent, and food and other beverages will be available for purchase from Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the Sun Prairie Optimist Club, Kona Ice, and Kettle Korn by Matty. In addition to the bands, food and drink, a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction will be held with proceeds going to the Friends of the Sun Prairie Media Center.

See you on August 24!

Sun Prairie Cardinal Football Returning to KSUN, 103.5 FM The SUN

SPMC SPHS Sports Sponsors-NEWThe Sun Prairie Media Center is pleased to announce that KSUN,, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio will once again be the places to tune to for live coverage of home AND away Sun Prairie Cardinals high school football games this fall.

All home games will be broadcast live on KSUN (Charter cable channel 983 and TDS channels 13 and 1013), streamed on, and aired on 103.5 The Sun Community Radio. Home games are also available on the KSUN channel on Roku devices and on Apple TV.

Away games will also be aired live on 103.5 The Sun, which is also streamed at

The season promises to be an exciting one, and the Sun Prairie Media Center will be there every step of the way with announcers Mike Powers, Jamison Rabbitt, and Bill Baker calling all of the action.

The Sun Prairie Media Center is actively soliciting business underwriters for its 2019-2020 coverage of Cardinals sports. For more information, call Jeff Robbins at 608-837-4193 or e-mail him.

SPMC Welcomes Production Manager Lessig 

The Sun Prairie Media Center is pleased to introduce Colin Lessig, their new full-time production manager.

SPMC welcomes LessigColin Lessig comes to SPMC after teaching in the humanities department at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UWP) for nearly a decade. There he primarily taught English composition, but occasionally taught Introduction to Film and Introduction to literature.

“I’m very excited and honored to be a part of SPMC, and I’m looking forward to working with the talented staff and the fantastic volunteers,” says Lessig. “Everyone has already made me feel right at home here at SPMC and in the community.” He will primarily be connected to the radio station, concentrating on the programming and training for 103.5 The Sun. He will also be involved in teaching KIDS-4 crews beginning in the fall.

The Sun Prairie Media Center thrives through the work of its volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved with 103.5 The Sun, KSUN, or KIDS-4, The Media Center is always looking for suggestions for future guests, future shows, and opportunities for residents to participate in local media. Contact Jeff Robbins at

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Sun Prairie Public Library

Book’n It Run for LiteraryBooker from BookN It Run
Book’n It Run for Literacy is an all-ages, family-friendly event that consists of four different runs and a walk. This event is one of the key fundraisers hosted by the Sun Prairie Public Library Foundation, which supports services you may recognize in the community--such as the digital book collection, the Dream Bus, and many other learning tools for all ages. Visit our website for additional details and to register. The Dream Bus will be making a special appearance at Book’n It from 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.! 
Saturday, August 3rd   8 a.m.
Sheehan Park

Move for Your Body, Move for Your Brain
Join Capitol Physical Therapists Dr. Kevin Wait, PT, DPT & Dr. Kelly Mueller, PT, DPT in this session to explore the advantages of exercise for your body and your brain alike. They'll discuss how exercise affects dementia, affects overall key components to health, & demonstrate proper sample exercises to help you get started. Space is limited. Registration required. To sign up, email, call 825-0702, or stop by the Adult Information Desk.
Tuesday, August 6th 2 p.m.–3 p.m.
Library Conference Room

Teen Book Club - Summer Session Bonus Round
Books! Snacks! Fun! Just for teens in grades 6 through 12! Books are available at the Children's Desk. For our meeting on August 7, we will discuss Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba. Read one or both! Copies available at the Children's Desk.

Wednesday, August 7th 4 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Library Conference Room

Documentary: Touched by an Angell
Did you know that August 15th of 1913 marked the first race at Sun Prairie's own internationally known half mile midget race track or that the inaugural race was by horse? Learn these fun facts and more when you join us for a free screening of Touched by an Angell, a delightful documentary that beautifully illustrates the wild ride of its 106 year history! Presented by local filmmaker, Bob Leff. Refreshments served. This film is not rated and 104 minutes.

Tuesday, August 13th   6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

Summer Ukulele Jam
Join us for a festive afternoon jamming to über happy tunes courtesy of the Madison Area Ukulele Initiative. Singing and dancing will be ardently encouraged, so consider yourself ‘warned!’ Nothing screams summer quite like the ubiquitous 'uke!' Too fun to miss and please bring the kids because all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Wednesday, August 14th   6:30 p.m. 
Library Community Room

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