We have a new way to live, learn and laugh as a neighborhood!

This digital publication has been established to build community and connect our neighbors along with supporting our greater community in the Madison area. We recognized that without a community gathering space or town square we needed to look to multiple means to connect each other as neighbors and collectively work to build our community. The Birchwood-Oaks Neighborhood Association was established to do just that!

Please feel free to forward this publication and encourage neighbors to sign up to become a member of this association using this form.

What’s happened around our neighborhood recently?

Far West Parks Master Planning

As you may know, the far west parks master planning meeting took place on Thursday, June 23rd.

If you weren't able to make it, there are resources in the links below, including a link to the recorded meeting, a link to the presentation slides, the specific park plans and the survey. We encourage you to look through the plans and provide feedback via this Community Survey for all three parks. The Survey closes on July 22nd, but they will continue accepting feedback and suggestions after the 22nd.

We are also including the information for Sarah Close, who is open to hearing from us directly:

Sarah Close
Landscape Architect
(608) 263-6850

Acer Park and Birchwood Point South are the two parks zoned within our Neighborhood Association. Here is the master plan link.

What’s coming up in our neighborhood?

New potential parks

To follow up on the Parks meeting that took place in June, we plan to hold a community forum to welcome feedback on July 21st. The meeting will be held at Fire Station 12 (400 South Point Rd.) and we’ve gotten some interactive tools to use from the City to help our discussion. We will also have a Zoom link available for those who can’t attend in person.

Meeting info:

When: Thursday, July 21st
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Zoom & Fire Station 12 Community Room
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 874 8116 7901
Passcode: 705082

SAVE THE DATE!! Summer Party in the Park

We will be hosting another bags tournament, have lawn games available, fun for the kids and hopefully some surprise guests again! Stay tuned for additional announcements as we continue planning! And if you’d like to help out at the party, please let us know.

Sections to expand…

Kids Corner

We’d love to spotlight our many neighborhood kiddos’ joy, duties; promote entrepreneurial items like lemonade stands, yard work, snow removal, etc. If you have an item to share, please complete this form and we will follow up for details.

Family Profile - Getting to know your neighbors

We would like to feature a neighborhood family and get to know a little about each other in this neighborhood profile. Submit pictures, answer a questionnaire, tell us a little bit about each of these highlighted families in our neighborhood. If you would be willing and able to be a featured family please email and we will get you featured.

By Jeremy Schlitz


We also would like to feature birth/death/anniversary/graduation and other milestone announcements. Please submit via this recognition form what you’d like to be announced next month.


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Community Events and Resources

Streets Division Update

  • You can take yard waste and other items to one of the Streets Division drop-off sites. Here is the website for the hours and locations of the sites:

City CARES Team for Mental Health Emergencies Now Answering Calls City-Wide

On September 1, 2021, the City of Madison launched its Community Alternative Response for Emergency Services (CARES) Team to respond to nonviolent 911 calls for mental health emergencies. The City announced that CARES Teams, made up of community paramedics and crisis workers, would spend a year learning and innovating before expanding the program in future budgets.

Submitted articles: Please consider penning an article or repurposing something you created and want to share with your neighbors

If you would like to submit an item for this Monthly magazine, please email

Sponsors of our Association

Business Ads

As our community and membership continue to grow, we recognize the importance of supporting local and family owned businesses right here in Birchwood-Oaks. We'd love to feature your Business Ad in an upcoming newsletter! Please contact us at, and include your name, business name, location, phone number, website, email address and applicable logo and/or pictures!

*Please continue to let your neighbors know about the NA and encourage them to sign up to receive info and updates to build our community

If you would like to donate to the neighborhood association please donate to Jeffrey Thorn Venmo

Ali Reinhard – Vice President & Interim President
Bridget Boyer – Community Events Coordinator
Jeffrey Thorn – Treasurer
Briehl - Secretary

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