July 20, 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 Safety: Go to our section see our service call updates!
Sun Prairie Media Center: The Sun Prairie Media Center (SPMC) is honored to release “Sun Prairie Stronger”, an hour-long documentary marking the fifth anniversary of the tragic gas explosion that occurred in downtown Sun Prairie on July 10, 2018, which took the life of Sun Prairie Fire Captain Cory Barr.
Sun Prairie Public Library: We are pleased to welcome back Chef Jason for a seasonal cooking demonstration! Join us as Chef Jason prepares a summer smorgasbord with cured salmon, cucumber salad, and dill spread. Samples will be provided and attendees with recipe a copy of the recipes.
Sun Prairie Utilities: Sun Prairie Utilities generously sponsored day passes at the Family Aquatic Center, offering a refreshing opportunity to beat the scorching summer heat.
Sun Prairie City Hall Facility-wide LED Lighting & Acoustical Ceiling Tile Upgrade Final Report
In 2019 the city had budgeted for an LED conversion project at city hall, however due to disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting funding priorities, staff bandwidth, and technical expertise the project had not moved forward. In 2021, progress was made towards detailing technical specifications and completing procurement activities to complete this project. The city received funding from the Public Service Commission Office of Energy Innovation’s Energy Innovation Grant Program to support the city’s updated scope for the LED project. Work began in the Fall of 2022 and was completed in early 2023. It is estimated the city will see 45,993 kWh annual energy savings and reduce 32.6 metric tons of CO2e with the conversion.
Staff have created a report detailing efforts and lessons learned which can be found online here.
ATTENTION OWNERS AND MANAGERS OF RENTAL HOUSING
You’re invited to attend a FREE Fair Housing training seminar on Wednesday, August 2nd! Whether you’re a new to the industry, new to the area, or a seasoned rental operator looking to brush up on current Fair Housing Laws, this training is for you!
Topics that will be covered during the seminar include:
-Local, state, and federal fair housing laws
-Advertising units in compliance with fair housing law
-Non-discriminatory negotiation with prospective tenants
-Interacting with current tenants in a fair and legal manner
-Reasonable accommodations and modifications for tenants with disabilities
The event will be held on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, 3—5 p.m. at the Madison Public Library Alicia Ashman Branch—733 N. High Point Rd, Madison.
To register for this seminar, visit https://tinyurl.com/Aug2023Madison or call 608-257-0853
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Vendors
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Upcoming Programs Not to Be Missed:
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.
August 7th – August 31st
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: 7/31/2023
For Kids entering grades 1-5 for the 2023-2024 school year.
Grab your sunscreen and lace up your tennis shoes because you are in for a summer full of excitement! Come join our staff for a supervised afternoon jam-packed with playground games, wild and wacky activities, arts and crafts, outdoor exploration and more!
New this year Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation, and Forestry has partnered with Sun Prairie Community Schools to provide weekly activities provided by community organizations and vendors!
• Program staff will be stationed at the park from 1:00 – 5:00 pm Monday – Thursday, weather dependent. Please check Rainout Line or Facebook to see if the program is cancelled or relocated for the day due to inclement weather.
• The program fee covers all days for each session. The fee will not be prorated or credited for days that your child does not attend or cancellations due to inclement weather.
• This is a drop-in style program. Children will sign-in upon arrival and sign out upon departure from the program. Children are not to leave on their own without being signed out by a parent/guardian or if a permission slip for self-sign out is on file with program staff.
• Structured activities will take place all afternoon – children may attend for the entire duration of time, or may choose to come for just certain times. Because it is a drop-in style program, children are not required to attend every meeting date – come play when it works for your child’s schedule.
• A detailed schedule of activities will be provided to participants on site and e-mailed out to parents/guardians on a bi-weekly basis for the duration of the program.
• Kids at the Park (2-day option): We are offering a 2-day drop in option for families. This option works the same as our Monday-Thursday sessions, with a little more flexibilty for those whoe need it!
August 1st – September 5th
6:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Registration Deadline: 7/25/2023
August 3rd – September 7th
5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Registration Deadline: 7/27/2023
August 3rd – September 7th
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Registration Deadline: 7/27/2023
ZUMBA is a fusion of Latin and International music/dance themes that create a dynamic and exciting environment. Based on the principle that a workout should be "FUN AND EASY TO DO", the routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body.
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: 8/3/2023
Our Pillows will make a great addition to your home or can be a great gift idea! Choose from 1 of 4 designs, and personalize. Let your inner maker loose and decorate yours to fit your personal taste and style. Plus enjoy a memorable DIY experience to boot!
Sun Prairie Media Center
SUN PRAIRIE MEDIA CENTER RELEASES DOCUMENTARY ON 2018 GAS EXPLOSION
The Sun Prairie Media Center (SPMC) is honored to release “Sun Prairie Stronger”, an hour-long documentary marking the fifth anniversary of the tragic gas explosion that occurred in downtown Sun Prairie on July 10, 2018, which took the life of Sun Prairie Fire Captain Cory Barr.
This documentary is the culmination of extensive efforts to gather compelling footage and interviews that detail the incident, the city’s response, and the community’s outpouring of support to all who were impacted. The video includes exclusive interviews with key figures such as Mayor Paul Esser, Aaron Oppenheimer, City Administrator, Fire Chief Chris Garrison, Sun Prairie police officials, and other individuals who contributed to the remarkable rebuilding of the city’s infrastructure.
To produce this project, SPMC collaborated with Steve Donovan Film and Video, a video production company based in New Glarus, who assisted in editing the footage together to communicate the story. Dan Presser, host of Sun Prairie News, conducted the interviews.
“This project holds tremendous significance for me,” said Steve Donovan, owner of Steve Donovan Film and Video. “It is an honor to be involved, and I hope that the documentary will capture the indomitable strength and love that define this incredible community."
"Stronger Sun Prairie" encapsulates the resilient and unwavering spirit of Sun Prairie, illustrating the community's remarkable ability to come together in the face of unexpected challenges.
July 10, 2018, stands as a pivotal day in Sun Prairie’s history, and this documentary will help ensure that those who dedicated themselves to saving lives, protecting property, and rebuilding downtown will forever be remembered.
The documentary is available for on-demand viewing at sunprairiemediacenter.com/ksun. Additionally, viewers can access the documentary through the Sun Prairie Media Center Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV channels, as well as the Sun Prairie Media Center's free mobile app, available for download on the App Store or Google Play.
Please note that the content contains graphic material that may be harmful or traumatizing to some viewers. It includes real-time footage of downtown Sun Prairie during and after the incident and fire on July 10, 2018. This includes scenes of properties engulfed in flames, devastated structures and vehicles, and interviews where individuals discuss their injuries. Viewer discretion is advised. This video may not be suitable for children or those with post-traumatic stress disorder.
KIDS-4 Registration Opens August 1
Here’s your child’s chance to write and produce their own videos and podcasts by joining the one-of-a-kind KIDS-4 program! KIDS-4 is an after-school media production program run by the Sun Prairie Media Center designed for SPASD students in 4th through 8th grade.
In KIDS-4, students are trained in many areas necessary to create their own television and video productions including cameras, lighting, sound, directing, producing, writing, editing, and animation. While students work with adult staff, their creativity is unfiltered and their work is entirely their own. By creating their own media messages, students become smarter and more critical consumers of others' media messages.
Students enrolled in KIDS-4 work after school at the Media Center once a week in ‘crews’ and their work airs on KIDS-4, a 24-hour public access station available on Charter, TDS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV devices, as well as streaming on kids4.tv and on the free Sun Prairie Media Center app. Some projects will also air on 103.5 The Sun Community Radio.
Registration for returning crewmembers is now open. Registration for any new members will open on August 1. KIDS-4 Registration is available online at www.kids4.tv/kids-4-signup-info/ . KIDS-4 will host an open house on Monday, August 16 from 4-6 PM. On that day, interested students and families will get the opportunity to tour the Sun Prairie Media Center and meet the KIDS-4 staff. The final deadline for registration submission is on September 16. Please keep in mind that registration numbers are limited for this program.
Anyone interested in the KIDS-4 program who cannot make the August 16 open house is encouraged to call 608-837-4193 to make alternate tour arrangements.
Please visit kids4.tv for more information.
Sun Prairie Public Library
Thursday, July 27 from 6-7:30p.m., Community Room
We are pleased to welcome back Chef Jason for a seasonal cooking demonstration! Join us as Chef Jason prepares a summer smorgasbord with cured salmon, cucumber salad, and dill spread. Samples will be provided and attendees with recipe a copy of the recipes.
Space is limited, registration is required. Please register here.
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 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.
Thursday, July 27 2:00 or 3:30 p.m., Community Room
Only for ages 4-8. Children can be left with the librarian as long as they are registered. Each month we learn about something different, in June we’ll be learning about animal groups. Registration is required, register on the Events Calendar.
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.
Sun Prairie Utilities
Cool off with SPU!
Sun Prairie Utilities generously sponsored day passes at the Family Aquatic Center, offering a refreshing opportunity to beat the scorching summer heat.
On July 15, the event kicked off with an incredible gesture: free admission for the first 100 guests. As attendees arrived, they were greeted with a thoughtful gift—a complimentary water bottle upon entering the facility. This sponsorship not only provided a wonderful recreational experience but also promoted community engagement. Families and individuals alike eagerly embraced this chance to cool off, have fun, and create lasting memories at the Family Aquatic Center.