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Madison Parks To Close All Winter Activities Due To Warm Weather

Madison Parks To Close All Winter Activities Due To Warm Weather

Due to unusually warm temperatures, all of the Madison Parks outdoor ice rinks, ski trails, snowshoe trails and sledding hills are closed. 

Staff will attempt to re-open these facilities later this winter if or when conditions allow. 

When the weather turns more winter-like, be sure to check the status of the winter activities on the web - Parks Winter Activities at www.cityofmadison.com/parks/seasonal/winter.

UW Hosts Super Bowl Watching Parties

UW Hosts Super Bowl Watching Parties

The Green Bay Packers might not be in the Super Bowl, but The Sett and Der Rathskeller will each be drawing a big crowd for the game on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

The event offers folks the chance to enjoy the game, savor gameday specials and win prizes at Der Rathskeller in Memorial Union or The Sett at Union South.

Everyone’s a winner with $2 brats and free soda refills during the game.

Dane County Snowmobile Trails To Close Tuesday, Wednesday Night

Dane County Snowmobile Trails To Close Tuesday, Wednesday Night

Starting on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., all Dane County Snowmobile Trails will begin being closed due to deteriorating trail base.  

The Southwest, Southeast and Northeast quadrants of the Dane County Snowmobile Trails will close on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Northwest quadrant will stay open through Wednesday, Jan. 25 and close at midnight.  

For up-to-date trail conditions, residents can call the 24/7 Trails Information line at 608-242-4576 or visit www.countyofdane.com/lwrd/parks.

MSCR To Host Annual Downhill Ski Fundraiser At Tyrol Basin

MSCR To Host Annual Downhill Ski Fundraiser At Tyrol Basin

Enjoy an evening of recreational skiing on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Tyrol Basin in Mount Horeb. The proceeds support the purchase of adapted equipment and scholarships for people with disabilities through the Madison School & Recreation Program.

The MSCR event costs $20. That covers the ski or snowboard rental, helmets and lift ticket. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No ticket sales on site. Register online at www.mscr.org. Call 608-204-3000 for more information.

MSCR also offers affordable downhill and ski lessons please go to www.mscr.org.

City Updates Winter Activities At Local Parks

City Updates Winter Activities At Local Parks

A few more ice rinks are open for skating as of Thursday. The rinks that are open tonight are at Vilas Park, Elver Park, Olbrich Park, Westmorland Park, Goodman Park, Garner Park, Hillington Green Park and Wexford Park.

Staff is continuing to work on the ice rink maintenance, however, Friday's snow predictions could change the status of the rinks. 

Please note that staff is working diligently on Tenney Park lagoon, but have found several areas of thin ice along the shoreline and in the middle of the lagoon. Residents should stay off Tenney Park Lagoon. 

Royal Oaks 4th Grader Selected As WEAC Badger Kid

Royal Oaks 4th Grader Selected As WEAC Badger Kid

Nick Pica,  a fourth grade student at Royal Oaks Elementary in Sun Prairie has been selected by the Wisconsin Education Association Council to be the next Badger Kid.

WEAC offers its members an opportunity to nominate kids to be Badger Kids for various sporting events.  

Pica was nominated by physical education teacher Brad Lutes because of his high level of character in physical education. 

According toLutes, "Despite being extremely gifted athletically, Nick knows P.E. is an opportunity for kids of all levels to experience success. He helps students who are struggling and works to get everyone involved and experiencing success."  

Madison Ice Rinks Fall Victim To Warmer Temps

Madison Ice Rinks Fall Victim To Warmer Temps

Due to the unseasonably warm weather, the Madison Parks ice rinks that opened earlier this week will need to close, according to the city of Madison Parks Department.

Only Warner Park Lagoon and Olbrich Park ice rinks remain open as of Friday, Jan. 6. However with the warm temperatures, these rinks may close for the weekend.

Madison Parks reminds everyone for their safety, please stay off the Vilas and Tenney lagoons. There is open water and thin ice. Water depths can reach more than five feet deep.

For the latest conditions, go to Madison Parks Outdoor Ice rink website at www.cityofmadison.com/parks/facilities/iceRinks.cfm.