FOOTnotes from Meeting Monday, October 8th, @ Barriques

posted Oct 4, 2012, 1:52 PM by Tom DeChant   [ updated Oct 12, 2012, 9:12 AM ]


  • Andria, Lisie, Ron, Dex, and Tom  

  • Report on Fall Folk Dance Series in Olin Pavilion
  • Each of three Tuesday night dances (9/18, 9/25, 10/2) got progressively larger audiences, from about 15 to nearly 40.  All groups liked the pavilion, especially the great dance floor.
  • We should try it again next fall with better coordinated PR. One person to be assigned the PR task, starting several months in advance. We owe Lisie for Yid Vicious, to be paid from spring concert series proceeds.


Other Fall Events in the Olin-Turville Parks

  • Madison Jaycee’s Haunted House in Olin Park, starts October 12th.  See schedule and details at: Madison Metro Jaycees
  • Hayrides through Olin park start October 4th and run on multiple Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October, in conjunction with Haunted House.  See schedule at: Madison Parks Hayrides
  • Additional Hayrides through Holiday in Lights display start November 11th.  See schedule at link above.
  • Family Hoe-down at the Olin pavilion on Saturday, November 10th, from 6-8 PM, sponsored by the Madison Parks Department. For more info, see: Madison Parks Hoedown

 UW Sponsored “Walk with a Doc”

  • Health event scheduled in Turville Point conservancy for Sunday, October 28th at 7 PM (full moon)
  • More info at: Madison Parks "Walk with a Doc"
  • Need FOOT volunteers for guidance through trails (Andria, Tom)
  • Tom to contact Laura Whitmore for more details on specific needs

 Report on FOOT meeting with Clean Lakes Alliance

  • Ron, Tom and Dex met with Gordon Heingartner, Outreach Coordinator for CLA on September 29th at Lakeside Café.
  • Ron submitted a list of suggestions for watershed improvements for the Olin-Turville Parks area. See attachment below. Other ideas are invited.
  • Ron also updated us on status of weir for Wingra Creek. City concerns are upstream flooding and DNR approval, but they seem supportive of concept.
  • Gordon solicited FOOT input, asked us to join CLA as a member, and made us aware of the upcoming North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) national symposium in Madison, November 7-9.
  • For $45, anyone can attend the special NALMS Nov. 9th all-day session on the Yahara lakes watershed and recommendations for its improvement.  Location is Monona Terrace. To register, go to: NALMS 2012 Madison Conference

 Update on Bike Rack & Signage Request for Turville Conservancy

  • Tom submitted request to Alder Sue Elingson; Sue indicated it had been submitted for city budget consideration.
  • Tom should pursue update from Sue on status, now that Mayor’s budget has been submitted to Common Council.

 Cruising Issues Update

  • Dex reported that cruising-for-sex behaviors were still evident and possibly increasing again, despite a major decrease over last two years.
  • Since this is not a major priority for South Madison Police District at present, he suggested FOOT members become active in monitoring activities, with goal to bring resumption of these behaviors to attention of Parks and Police authorities in near future.