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Madison Area Sports commission awards $30,000 to youth sports orgs

The Madison Area Sports Commission has awarded more than $30,000 in funding in its’ bi-annual disbursement of youth grant funds. Youth grant funds are allocated to established organizations that introduce Dane County youth to the lifelong enjoyment and health benefits of sports.

·         Allied Running Club – $1,750

·         Boys & Girls Club of Dane County – $5,000

·         Camp Randall Rowing Club – $1,500

·         East Madison Community Center – $2,250

·         Glide Disc Golf – $875

Meeting scheduled to discuss proposed Lower Yahara River Trail

A public information meeting is scheduled to discuss the first phase of building the Lower Yahara River Trail, according to a release.

The trail will be a combination of paved surfaces, boardwalks and bridges that will span from the Capital City Trail at Lake Farm Road to McDaniel Park in McFarland, officials said. The trail is expected to reduce trespassing issues and improve safety on the active rail line that parallels portions of the proposed trail.

Plans for shore fishing near the railroad trestle on Lake Waubesa are also included in the proposal, according to the release. The trail is expected to be a commuting link for off-road bikes from southeastern Dane County to the downtown Madison area.

Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Two websites will be available throughout the season to update residents on ski trail and ice skating rink conditions at Madison parks.

There are thirty-two kilometers of signed and groomed trails available for cross-country skiers in six Madison parks. Trail difficulties range from easy to advanced.

Three park trails require a cross-country ski permit, but the rest offer free ski trails that are groomed less often.

For daily updates on cross country ski trail conditions, go online.

As of this week, most ice rinks in Madison are open. Ice skate rentals and concessions are available at Elver, Tenney and Vilas parks.

For daily updates on outdoor ice skating rink conditions, go online.

Ping Pong club finds permanent home on Winnebago St.

Ping Pong club finds permanent home on Winnebago St.

Ping Pong might not be considered a serious sport, but a local group is finding a niche on Madison's near east side.

Instead of a church basement, the Madison Table Tennis Club is renting space at 2100 Winnebago Street.

Matches at the Madison Table Tennis Club can get pretty intense.

"It's all in the head. You have to feel where the ball is coming," 14-year-old Madison Memorial freshman Peter Yang said.

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"A lot of what I like about table tennis is that it doesn't discriminate. People of all shapes and sizes and ages can participate," Aaron Avery, co-president of Madison Table Tennis Club, said.

Parks Division asks for input on James Madison Park improvements

Parks Division asks for input on James Madison Park improvements

A public input meeting has been scheduled by the city of Madison Parks Division to discuss potential improvements at James Madison Park.

City staff will present information, answer questions and seek input from neighbors on proposed improvements, according to a release.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Verex Plaza, Level B Conference Room, at 150 E. Gilman St.

Anyone who has questions or comments but is unable to attend the meeting can contact Mike Sturm, City Parks landscape architect at 608-261-4281 or msturm@cityofmadison.com.

Registration open for Dream Park 10k

The Stoughton Inclusive Dream Park will be hosting a 10k walk, run or roll Saturday Sept. 28.

The route will start at Mandt park and run through the Yahara River Trail past Norse Park, ending back at Mandt Park according to a release from Stoughton Inclusive Dream Park .

There will also be a 3k loop through historic downtown Stoughton. 

Early registration is currently open. The 10k loop costs $20 and the 3k loop is $10. According to the release those prices will change as the event approaches.

For more information visit http://www.stoughtondreampark.org/funrun/

Area swim teams warm up for All-City

Area swim teams warm up for All-City

Local swim teams are gearing up for a big battle at the All-City Swim Meet happening in less than two weeks at the Middleton pool.

Some of the favorites to win this year's event got victories in meets around the area last week.

Middleton remained undefeated with a 542-491 victory over High Point on Wednesday. High Point goes to 1-4 on the year following the loss.

Ridgewood rounded into shape by beating West Side and Maple Bluff at a tri-meet at West Side on Saturday. Beata Nelson again led the way, by setting a pool record in the 13-14 girls 50 Butterfly. Ridgewood goes to 7-1 on the year, with their only loss being a one point defeat to Middleton at the Middleton pool last week.

Shorewood Hills went to 4-1 with a 654-345 win against Hawks Landing. Shorewood goes to Ridgewood next week in a big battle before All-City.

Parkcrest also had a strong victory, winning 665-357 against Hill Farm.