January 5, 2023
Parks, Recreation and Forestry: The City of Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department (SPPRF) is proud to announce that it has been awarded a 2023 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban Forestry Grant in the amount of $25,000.
Public Safety: Come join us for our first Coffee With a Cop of 2023! Our next one will be Monday, January 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at MOKA in Sun Prairie (900 Windsor Street).
Public Works: Now that we are in 2023 and weekly recycling has started, we encourage you to check out what DOES and DOES NOT get recycled. You can view that in our section!
Sun Prairie Public Library: The library will be closed on Monday, January 16 for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The drive-thru book drops will remain open.
Sun Prairie to Host Community Celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Sun Prairie will be honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by welcoming the community to a free event that will feature local Black and African American leaders speaking on what this day means to them. The event will take place on Monday, January 16 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Prairie Phoenix Academy - 220 Kroncke Dr Suite 100.
Black and African American leaders specific to Sun Prairie will share their experience as community leaders and how the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King have influenced them. A variety of speakers have been invited to reflect on their leadership style in the different facets they serve in such as politics, education, and social change throughout the community. A variety of commemorative activities will take place in addition to the speaker series.
Prairie Phoenix Academy’s Black Student Union will have a presence at the event as well as poetry readings from students and music from DJ Ree Manic. Dania Canon, local caterer, will provide soul food appetizers.
This event has been planned and sponsored by representatives from Sunshine Place, Sun Prairie Community Schools, Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Sun Prairie Schools Department of Systemic Equity and Inclusion, and the City of Sun Prairie.
“It is very inspiring to be in a community where members are willing to come together and plan for how we can honor the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Charlotte Kuchan, Program Specialist at Sunshine Place.
For event updates, please follow the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/538365424835822?ref=newsfeed.
City of Sun Prairie Receives Successful Post-Election Audit Results
Residents in the City of Sun Prairie can be confident that votes were counted accurately in the November 2022 election following the completion of a post-election audit of voting equipment.
On Wednesday, November 30, staff and election workers completed an audit of voting equipment in Ward 11, which was randomly selected for audit by the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) during an event open to the public. The audit provides an additional way to ensure that voting machines worked properly, and that the election was conducted accurately.
Wisconsin statutes require a post-election audit of voting systems used in Wisconsin after each General Election. During the post-election audit, election officials check to make sure the vote totals compiled by the voting equipment on Election Night are accurate. During this process, elections workers conduct an independent hand count of paper ballots and tally the results of the selected contests. The final hand-count tally total is compared to the election night voting system results.
Audit materials are submitted to the WEC for review. The WEC analyzes the audit results and investigates any discrepancies and can request a voting machine vendor investigate and provide explanation for any unexplained discrepancies. Once this work is complete, WEC staff will prepare a public report for review by the six Commissioners during the Feb. 2, 2023 Commission meeting.
Post-election audits, conducted in a record 10% of reporting units across Wisconsin for the November 2022 election, serve as a triple check on the election results. While not every reporting unit or municipality is selected for post-election audit, state election officials ensured that the 2022 sample of 358 reporting units includes at least one reporting unit per county, and at least five reporting units for each type of equipment used.
The Sun Prairie Clerk’s Office reported 22,382 registered voters on Election Day with a total participation of 17,126, which is a turnout of 76.5%. The City is proud to report that the results of the audit showed that election equipment was working as it was supposed to and there were no discrepancies.
“It is our highest value to ensure elections are safe for voters,” said Elena Hilby, City Clerk. “We strive to ensure that every part of the voting process is secure and creates trusts among voters.” More information about the 2022 post-election audit can be found here: https://elections.wi.gov/2022-voting-equipment-audit
Black Professionals & Career Exploration Fair
Parks, Recreation and Forestry
Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department Awarded WDNR 2023 Urban Forestry Grant
The City of Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department (SPPRF) is proud to announce that it has been awarded a 2023 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban Forestry Grant in the amount of $25,000. This is the third year in a row that SPPRF has been awarded this grant, which serves as a critical funding source for effectively managing Sun Prairie’s urban forest. These funds will be utilized to create a comprehensive Urban Forestry Management Plan (UFMP) using Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping.
Two cornerstones of any successful and effective urban forestry program are an accurate GIS tree inventory and a comprehensive UFMP. In 2022, the City utilized the DNR’s Urban Forestry grant to complete a GIS inventory of all publicly managed trees. An accurate and spatially-explicit dataset is essential for staff to monitor and manage tree species diversity, tree diseases and pathogens, climate change resiliency, forest enhancements, restoration, and reforestation activities. With that information, a UFMP can be developed for a strategic and long-term investment in the community’s tree canopy.
In 2023, the City anticipates requesting proposals from qualified firms for assistance in the development of the UFMP. This plan will seek resident input to better understand the community’s needs and wants regarding the urban forest. The finalized plan will allow the City to update and establish ordinances regarding public trees, create a protocol for the response to major storm events, outline a standardized procedure for planting practices, and much more.
“Receiving this grant is exciting news for the forestry division as this plan will be a vital tool for us to effectively manage our community’s growing urban forest,” said Cindy Burtley, Parks and Forestry Division Manager.
For more information on the Wisconsin DNR Urban Forestry Grant Program, please visit: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/urbanforests/grants.
To learn more about the Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, please visit https://rec.cityofsunprairie.com/.
2023 Events & Sponsorships Guide
Our 2023 Sponsorship Guide is available! Check out partnership opportunities we have coming up next year. We would love to work with your business or organization! Click here to access it.
Winter/Spring Rec Connection Guide available!
1. View the Winter/Spring Guide at rec.cityofsunprairie.com!
2. Log in to our website to make sure you know your password and that your account is up to date, including street address and email address.
3. If you don’t already have an account, create your account. If you think you have an account, but cannot find yourself on the website, please do not add yourself again. Call the Recreation Department office at 608/837-3449 and we will assist you.
4. If you do not have a Sun Prairie address, but live in the Sun Prairie School District, the system will not know that and will charge you Non-Resident rates. If you continue your registration and pay Non-Resident rates, the difference is non-refundable. Please contact our office prior to your registration so that we may adjust your account to reflect the proper designation.
5. If you accidentally register for the wrong program, do not immediately register for the correct program. Call us (608-837-3449) and we can make the transfer for you.
Upcoming Programs Not to Be Missed:
Join PD for coffee!
Come join us for our first Coffee With a Cop of 2023! The mission of Coffee With a Cop is to break down barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know officers in your neighborhood.
Our next one will be Monday, January 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at MOKA in Sun Prairie (900 Windsor Street).
Just a reminder...
This is just a reminder of what CAN AND CAN NOT as move into the new year and weekly recycling begins! Here is a simple guide with information pulled from our service provider Pellitteri Waste Systems.
Sun Prairie Public Library
Library Closed Monday, January 16
The library will be closed on Monday, January 16 for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The drive-thru book drops will remain open.
Children’s & Teen Service
Tuesday, January 10 4:00-5:30 p.m., Storytime Room
Join Melissa for Teen Creativity Club! The project for our January 10 meeting will be book hedgehogs! Registration is required, please register on our Events Calendar at https://sunprairie.librarymarket.com. Teens in 6th - 12th grade are eligible to register. Questions, concerns, or if registration has already closed but the event has not yet happened, please email Melissa at email@example.com.
Thursday, January 12 2:00 p.m., Community Room
Build with the library’s LEGO® collection! Bring your creativity, but leave your LEGO®s at home! For school-age children only (Kindergarten - 5th grade). Children can be left with the librarian as long as they are registered.
Register here: https://sunprairie.librarymarket.com/event/legor-club-3
Saturday, January 14 9:30-4:45 p.m., Community Room
Sunday, January 15, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Community Room
A model train show for all ages! Sun Prairie Public Library is excited to host the Southern Wisconsin Sandhouse Crew Modular Model Railroad Club. The Southern Wisconsin Sandhouse Crew is an H.O. Scale model railroad club with membership based in the Madison area. The Crew will display their train layout, answer questions, and talk railroads all day!
Wednesday, January 18 4:30-5:15 p.m., Conference Room
Our Tween Book Club is intended for readers entering grades 6-9. We will discuss lighter topics than our Teen Book Club. For our January meeting we will discuss “Amari and the Great Game” by B.B. Alston. This is the second book of the series. We also recommend reading “Amari and the Night Brothers.” Copies of both books are available to check out at the Children's desk.
Registration is required, please register on our Events Calendar at https://sunprairie.librarymarket.com. Teens in 6th - 12th grade are eligible to register. Questions, concerns, or if registration has already closed but the event has not yet happened, please email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, January 21 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., Community Room
What happens when you invite T-Rex to a tea party? Let’s find out! A special storytime tea party with a unique visitor! All ages are welcome! A parent or other responsible adult must accompany child and participate in the program. No registration.
Wednesdays, January 4, 11, and 18, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Community Rom
A one-hour movement class where elements of mindfulness and movement intersect, led by Kyra Johnson, Founder & Executive Director of KLJ Movement! All identities, skill levels and capabilities are encouraged and welcomed. This is an invitation to get to know your community while learning more about dance, movement and mindfulness. A yoga mat is recommended but not required. Space is limited, registration required. Please register via the library’s Events Calendar at https://sunprairie.librarymarket.com for each session you plan to attend.
Tuesday, January 10, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Community Room
Understand your house as a system as we examine common sources of energy loss and how air sealing and insulation work together to improve energy efficiency and comfort. Also discuss simple upgrades you can take that are proven cost effective energy savers. This program is presented by Project Home, a local nonprofit that has been serving the community for more than 50 years, improving the quality and affordability of housing for low-to-moderate income residents in Dane and Green County, WI. Please register here.
Start the New Year off on a good note by joining a book club! The library has 4 book clubs for adults:
-Afternoon Book Club meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Conference Room
-Eclectic Book Club meets 3rd Monday of the month* at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room
*In January, Eclectic Book Club meets on the 4th Monday
-Evening Book Club meets 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room
-Urban SUN: Black Voices Book Club meets 4th Sunday of the month at 4:00 p.m., via Zoom
All book clubs are open to new members. Please visit the library’s website at www.sunlib.org or call the Information Desk (608-825-0702) for book selections and more information about book clubs.