July 6, 2023
Parks, Recreation and Forestry: Join us for concerts in the park this summer at Wetmore Park! Grab a beer from Working Draft and a bite to eat from one of our food trucks, and enjoy yard games and the splash pad!
Public Services: The City of Sun Prairie is proud to announce that Jeremy Cramer, Wastewater Treatment Plant Conveyance and Treatment Director, was honored with the esteemed William D. Hatfield Award from the Water Environment Federation at the Central States Water Environment Association's (CSWEA) Annual Awards Banquet.
Sun Prairie Historical Museum: Looking for ways to engage with local history this summer? Take a walk with one of our Museum staff to learn more about our historic downtown.
Sun Prairie Media Center: Join us for Concerts in the Park on Tuesday, July 11
Sun Prairie Public Library: There’s a reading program for everyone – babies through teens! (And there’s even a program for adults!) Register for the Summer Reading Program in person or online anytime between June 1st and August 5th.
City of Sun Prairie to Receive Significant Increase in Shared Revenue
The City of Sun Prairie is pleased to announce a significant increase in shared revenue, amounting to an impressive 143.9% growth over prior years. This increase comes as a result of the Local Government Funding Legislation, Assembly Bill 245 (Shared Revenue Bill), which was signed into law as Wisconsin Act 12 on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, by Governor Evers in Wausau. The increase in funds will play a vital role in supporting the City’s essential services. Specifically, the additional amount will be instrumental in the ongoing transition of fire services into a city department and the expansion of a third ambulance.
This groundbreaking legislation dedicates one penny of the state's sales tax to fund local units of government, effective on July 1, 2024. Furthermore, the bill includes a supplemental inflationary increase and links both current shared revenue and the supplemental payment to the growth in the state's sales tax going forward. As a result, every community will experience a minimum 20% increase in municipal aid.
Over the past three decades, state sales and income tax revenues have tripled, yet the proportion allocated to support police, fire, EMS, and other critical municipal services has declined. The funding level for County and Municipal Aid in 2003 was $938 million, which has now reduced to $753 million in 2023. This gradual decline in investment for critical local services has compelled communities to rely more heavily on property taxes to sustain an environment that attracts businesses, residents, and tourists. However, with the passage of Wisconsin Act 12, the burden on property taxes will be alleviated, as this legislation ensures a sustainable and growing source of revenue for local governments, increased state support for public safety, and continued investment in local transportation needs.
“We want to express our deepest gratitude to all those involved in the passing of this crucial legislation,” said Aaron Oppenheimer, City Administrator. “I commend Speaker Robin Vos, Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, Sen. Mary Felzkowski, Rep. Tony Kurtz, Governor Tony Evers, and all other senators and representatives who voted in favor of the bill and demonstrated tremendous dedication and support for local governments in need of critical funding.”
The City's continuous development necessitates strong support for essential local services, making the increase in shared revenue a vital step in securing a prosperous future. For more information about the City of Sun Prairie, please visit www.cityofsunprairie.com.
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Interested in being on the board?
Join the Sun Prairie Parks Friends board as a director and make a difference in your community! We currently have three openings and are looking for dedicated individuals who are passionate about parks and community development. As a director, your commitment would involve attending a monthly board meeting and participating in various events organized by the board.
By becoming a director, you will have the opportunity to support and advocate for Sun Prairie parks through a wide range of activities. The Sun Prairie Parks Friends (SPPF) organization plays a vital role in assisting with park planning and development, providing capital project support, organizing programming and events, fundraising efforts, assisting with grant acquisition, and even contributing to the purchase of equipment and supplies for all parks in our city.
SPPF is a nonprofit corporation under chapter 501(c)(3) and registered as a charitable organization with tax-exempt status in the state of Wisconsin. This means that your involvement with SPPF as a director will have a direct and positive impact on our community, as we work towards enhancing the quality and accessibility of our parks.
If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please email your brief bio and background to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to include why you are passionate about being a director for the Sun Prairie Parks Friends. By joining our board, you will become part of a dedicated team committed to making a real difference in our community.
Stay up-to-date with the latest news and events from SPPF by signing up for our newsletter at https://parksfriends.org/6282023newsletter.html. Join us today and help shape the future of Sun Prairie parks!
Parks, Recreation and Forestry
NEW OFFICE HOURS Through September 1, 2023:
The Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation & Forestry office is open: Monday – Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm, and Fridays 8am-12pm or by phone at (608) 837-3449 or by email at email@example.com.
Family Aquatic Center now Open!
Daily admission is $5.25/person and Season Passes are still available to purchase online or in person Purchase Season Passes - Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation & Forestry (cityofsunprairie.com)
Concerts in the Park
Join us for concerts in the park this summer at Wetmore Park! Grab a beer from Working Draft and a bite to eat from one of our food trucks, and enjoy yard games and the splash pad!
Summer Rec Guide out now!
Summer Rec Guide and registration is now open for residents! It’s not too late to join in on the fun this summer. Session 2 swim lesson registration begins June 30!
Upcoming Programs Not to Be Missed:
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: 7/10/2023
This relief style printmaking process is super fun and easy! Students will learn how to build a cardboard stamp and apply ink with a brayer so that the raised cardboard collects the ink and leaves behind a vibrant and unique printed image on paper! Create pieces to hang on your wall or turn into greeting cards with colorful cardstock!
July 17th and July 25th
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Registration Deadline: 7/11/2023
Time to get involved in the fastest growing sport in the US! Fun activity for all ages and levels of play, including families! Pickleball can be considered a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong played on a smaller court than tennis using a paddle. Lessons will touch base on the fundamentals, terminology, rules and scoring. Our goal is to teach you what you need to know to start playing on your own, with friends or family. Paddles will be provided.
August 1st – August 22nd
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: 7/25/2023
Foundations of Athletic Development is a 60-minute training session designed for 9-12 year olds with the focus of learning and developing fundamental athletic skills and movements that translate directly to their sports. Learning these quality skills and movement patterns can set each child up for a successful path in sports or an active lifestyle, while also decreasing bad habits from forming that could lead to injuries. Sessions will incorporate skills such as body weight strength, core stability, coordination, body control/awareness, and fundamental positions/skills used in athletics and training.
City of FUN Prairie!
Check out the fun lineup of activities we have for everyone!
City of Sun Prairie’s Wastewater Treatment Director Receives William D. Hatfield Award
The City of Sun Prairie is proud to announce that Jeremy Cramer, Wastewater Treatment Plant Conveyance and Treatment Director, was honored with the esteemed William D. Hatfield Award from the Water Environment Federation at the Central States Water Environment Association's (CSWEA) Annual Awards Banquet.
The William D. Hatfield Award recognizes exceptional performance and professionalism among operators of wastewater treatment plants. Established in tribute to Dr. William D. Hatfield, the former Superintendent of the Decatur, Illinois Sanitary District and President of both the Central States Sewage Works Association and the Federation, this accolade serves as a testament to the recipient's outstanding contributions.
In selecting the Hatfield Award winner, the award subcommittee meticulously evaluates various criteria that include efficiency of treatment, housekeeping of facilities, public relations, in-service training, preventive maintenance, emergency operations and safety practices, compilation and dissemination of crucial data, preparation and distribution of annual reports, and general administration. This recognition underscores the department's unwavering dedication and exceptional performance in fulfilling its vital role.
“I commend the hard work, talent, and commitment to excellence that Jeremy demonstrates in his work,” said Aaron Oppenheimer, City Administrator. “This award serves as a testament to his leadership.”
For more information about the Wastewater Treatment Plant and its initiatives, please visit https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/411/Wastewater-Treatment-Collection
Sun Prairie Historical Museum
Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum
The Museum is open to the public Wednesdays-Saturdays 11:00am-4:00pm and by appointment for research and special events. Be sure to join for our next free downtown walking tour on Saturday, August 5th!
Staff can be reached by phone at (608) 825-0837 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Historical Library and Museum is located at 115 East Main St. Sun Prairie with parking behind the building. Admission is always free.
Summer 2023 at the Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum
Looking for ways to engage with local history this summer? Take a walk with one of our Museum staff to learn more about our historic downtown.
Our final free tour of the season will be on Saturday, August 5th at 10:30am leaving from the center of Cannery Square. Tours end with the opportunity to see inside the Columbus Street Water Tower!
45 Years of Prairie Heritage Quilters: Extended Through July!
Quilts often carry special meaning to those who create and use them. For Sun Prairie, quilts carry the additional story of community members coming together to create one of the most successful small-town quilt shows in the Midwest.
Stop in during open hours to see award winning quilts and learn about the people who made them.
Sun Prairie Media Center
JOIN US FOR THE CELEBRATION!
Sun Prairie Public Library
Summer reading fun isn’t just for kids! The Adult Summer Reading Program will run from June 1st – August 31st. Read books and do activities to earn entries into end-of-summer prize giveaways. Record your reading on a paper log or on Beanstack (website or app).
Along with the Adult Summer Reading Program, we are holding the third annual Big Summer Read. This summer’s selection is “The Family Chao”, by Lan Samantha Chang. We encourage adults to read the book, talk about it, and join us for an evening with the author in July! (Details coming soon.)
Visit the library’s website or stop by the Information Desk for more information on the Summer Reading Program.
Thursday, July 20 from 6:30-8 p.m.
This year's Big Summer Read selection is “The Family Chao” by Lan Samantha Chang, and we are thrilled to host the author for a book talk at the library! Based loosely on “The Brothers Karamazov”, “The Family Chao” tells the story of a Chinese American family living in the fictional town of Haven, WI. The Chao family, who have owned Fine Chao restaurant for thirty-five years, must reckon with family secrets and resentment after their patriarch, Leo is found dead.
2006, Ms. Chang has directed the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with her husband and daughter.
Registration is not required, but please register on our Events Calendar at www.sunlib.org if you would like an email reminder prior to the event.
Thursday, June 1 – Friday, August 5
There’s a reading program for everyone – babies through teens! (And there’s even a program for adults!) Register for the Summer Reading Program in person or online anytime between June 1st and August 5th.
Record your reading on a paper log or on Beanstack (website or app). Track by books (titles) or by minutes (time) – whatever works best for you!
The more you read, the more prizes you earn! Complete 75 books, 12 hours, or 15 hours to earn all the prizes, a pass to the Library Pool Party in August, and your “Library Champion” sign!
Wednesdays, June 21-July 26 10:00-10:30 a.m., Outside on the library lawn
Outdoor Family Storytimes are 30-35 minutes long and are filled with active songs and stories. Participation is encouraged! We spread out on the library lawn and there's plenty of space for everyone. These Storytimes are weather dependent.
Tuesday, July 11-Friday, July 14
Solve puzzles as a group! We have a “That 70s Game” themed escape room and a Minecraft themed escape room. Registration is required. Register in person at the Children’s Desk, or call us: 608-825-0701
Thursday, July 13 6:30-7:00 p.m., Storytime Room
Family Storytimes are 25-30 minutes long and are filled with songs and stories. Geared For ages 0-5, but all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Tuesday, July 18 12:00-4:00 p.m., Community Room
Wednesday, July 19 12:00-4:00 p.m., Community Room
Come pet a python, meet Mimi the hairy armadillo, touch a tortoise, or say hi to a kookaburra. This is a walk-through program. No registration required to attend.
The doors will open at Noon and close at 4:00 PM. The animals are done visiting at 4:00 PM.
Visit the Zoozort animals and ask questions about them!
Tuesday, July 25 10:00-11:30 a.m., Community Room
Twist & Shout Tuesday is free open play time in the Community Room from 10:00-11:30. Youth Services provides a variety of toys, puppets, puzzles, and fun music to help get some energy out!
Tuesday, July 25 2:00 or 4:00 p.m., Community Room
A playful wordsmith, spirited performer, skilled guitarist, and captivating tap dancer, Duke Otherwise delights all ages with hilarious and imaginative songs.
Tuesday, July 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Wetmore Park
Come out for a night of music at Wetmore Park. This collaboration with Sun Prairie Parks & Recreation Department and the Sun Prairie Public Library Foundation will be a fun night of community, music, and food carts! Visit the Dream Bus prior to the event, from 4-6 p.m.! This is a free event. Food and beverages will be available at an additional cost.
July 26 from 5-8 p.m. at Orfan Park
Join us for a Pop Up Beer Garden at Orfan Park! We will have all of the fun things: beer by Karben4, food trucks, games, music, and a good cause! In partnership with the Sun Prairie Parks & Recreation Department. A portion of beer sales go toward the Library Foundation.