FOOT Meeting of October 15th, 2013

posted Oct 16, 2013, 3:40 PM by Tom DeChant   [ updated Oct 17, 2013, 2:09 PM ]
Four foot members and guest, Jim Lorman, of Friends of Lake Wingra (FoLW) met at Barriques on Park St. on October 15th at 6 PM. Topics covered were:
        • Wingra Creek Parkway
        • Jim Lorman reviewed Wingra Creek Parkway improvements to date and earlier suggestions by FoLW for improvements to the last stretch of unimproved parkway from Olin stone railroad bridge (Phase 3). This stretch is due to be redone soon by City of Madison's Engineering division. A public hearing will be held by the city on Thursday, October 17th at 6:30 PM at the Madison Water Utility on Olin Ave. to seek more public input. Ron Shutvet of FOOT will attend and support the idea for a weir at the mouth of Wingra creek in Olin Park to help sustain higher winter water levels in the creek.
Review of August and September FOOT Activities
The September Folk Dance series (three Tuesday evenings) was well attended and folks had fun.

At Madison Bird City Day, September 29th, FOOT volunteer Lisie Kitchel represented Olin-Turville  interests. Outcome was suggestion to create purple martin houses and chimney swift habitats in O-T.

On September 14th, a volunteer work party of several FOOT members, 7 students from Badger Rock Middle School and their teachers gathered and tossed wild flower seeds in Turville Conservation Park. Seeds gathered and tossed included: Wild Bergamot, Virginia Wild Rye, Yellow Giant Hyssop, Bottle  Brush Grass, and Joe Pie Weed.

All who have seen the Madison Parks Department's new graphic for the kiosk near the pavilion feel it is a great improvement and appreciated having input into the design. 

Plans for Upcoming Activities
Si Wistrand's "citizens inventory" of Madison parks' natural areas and their invasives was reviewed. Andria agreed to follow-up to determine whether this should be a focus of FOOT volunteer efforts.

Plans for another winter full-moon ski event were begun. Ron will research appropriate dates.