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.

Welcome to the team

We’ve added two new dedicated volunteers to our crew. Please welcome Heather Reinke as the new NA Treasurer and Tingting Yuan as the new/first digital content coordinator.

What’s happened around our neighborhood recently?

Far West Parks Master Planning

The informal follow-up meeting to collect feedback from residents and d iscuss what happened at the June 23rd meeting for the Far West Parks Master Planning was held at Fire station 12 on July 21st. The meeting was productive and efficient. Thanks to everyone sharing your feedback. (See below for info regarding the second meeting coordinated by the City.)

Outdoor Movie Night

Outdoor movie took place on Sunday night July 3rd.
Thanks Mitch Splinter and Danny Verdecchia for hosting!

What’s coming up in our neighborhood?

New potential parks

The next meeting to review and provide input on specific park amenities is scheduled for Thursday, August 11th at 5:30pm via Zoom. The session will begin with a brief recap of the information presented at the first meeting and review the results of the community survey and other public comments. Finally, the City will review the proposed draft master plan for the parks. Please plan to attend and provide your input! Here is the link to register for the meeting:

Project updates (and information from the previous meeting) may be found at Park’s Project Portal for each park, here:

Please feel free to share this information with all your neighbors – it would be great to have another large turn-out for the second session!

SAVE THE DATE!! Summer Party in the Park

Join us on Sunday, August 28th for our Summer Party in the Park!

We are hosting another bags tournament, and we’d love to have you sign up! The winner of the tournament will get a portion of the money raised, with the other portion going right back to the NA to help fund future events!

We’re going to be hosting several food trucks as well!

  • Thailand in a Truck

  • JD’s of Wisconsin: Burgers, hot dogs, fries

  • Jakarta Cafe & Fancy Roll Ice Cream: Tacos, rolled ice cream, smoothies and lemonade

  • Taquitos Marimar: Mexican eats

  • TY’s Food Truck: Chicken and fish

Please RSVP to the party here, even if you are not participating in the tournament!

Parks Alive Continues! Free Food, Games, and More …

Parks Alive is a collaborative effort across multiple City departments and involves many community-based stakeholders and mobile resources. Free meals and snacks, Madison School and Community Recreation Fit 2 Go Van, Madison Public Library Bubbler Artist and youth activities, DreamBus, Madison Reading Project, bike rides, and much more!

Click on the Parks Division events calendar to see Parks Alive and other activities:

Parks Alive ~ Increase the Peace | Warner Park

Wednesday, August 10
4:30 p.m. Movie – The Lorax at 7:00 p.m.

Parks Alive ~ It Takes a Village | Penn Park
Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Outdoor Music Guide (OMG) now Available!

Live music became extremely challenging to host in-person in light of COVID restrictions. Music venues and musicians across Madison looked for creative alternatives to offer shows. The City received multiple inquiries about what was possible for performers who used amplification to do outdoor music while complying with Public Health policies. To assist musicians and music business owners, the City created the Outdoor Music Guide (OMG). It summarizes all the options based on City ordinances with the understanding that every activity is unique and other rules may apply.

Kids Corner

This brave little girl was spotted learning to ride her bike in Sugar Maple Park recently. We have a feeling she’ll probably be zipping around the neighborhood very, very soon!! Good luck!

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.

This month…. Meet the DeLormes

Kristin, Gary, Makai (23) Kira (19) DeLorme along with Kristin’s mom, Barb Bogden, fill out this month’s featured household in Birchwood Point, along with Darcy the dog (2) and Jazmine and Hobbes, the cats. They moved into their house in late October of 2018, and it is their 3rd home in Madison. Kristin and Gary met 34 years ago and grew up in neighboring small towns and while they loved where they came from, they couldn’t wait to move to Madison while Kristin was attending UW-Madison.

Their two families, the DeLormes and Bogdens, became close, and spent a lot of time together in the early years of their relationship. They still like to have big family gatherings, though the pandemic has slowed that down the last few years. Gary taught high school math for 35 years and is now retired and does handyman work. Kristin works at Memorial HS as the librarian and tech and loves it. Makai is finishing his degree at Whitewater this winter, and their daughter, Kira, is going back to UW-Madison soon to start her sophomore year. DeLorme means “of the elm” (we think). They do love trees!

Their move to our neighborhood came when they decided to find a house that would fit their family and that would also have a separate living space for Kristin’s mom. They looked for an existing home for some time, but just couldn’t find one that fit their needs. They have a good friend who works for Veridian, and he helped them build a house that worked for the whole family. “We also wanted to be in a neighborhood that was in Memorial High School’s attendance area, since Kira was a sophomore there at the time, and I had just started working there as the Library Media Technology Specialist. Birchwood Point checked all the boxes! We love that we are in a beautiful and quiet setting just outside of the city. We love that Madison has so much to offer—lakes, vibrant downtown, varied neighborhoods, great food, and decent climate (most of the time).”

Their family plays games, cards, and watches movies. Anything that brings them together and includes some laughing. “It sounds simple, but we try to eat dinner together as a family whenever we can. Our lives are so busy and it can be hard to do, but we really make an effort to make time for that. We cook together when we can, too. Gary makes the best dinners, Kristin makes the best desserts.” Relaxation has changed as the children have become adults. “We have a homemade brunch, then play games or read. We also like to go on short adventures—hiking or ziplining.” They listen to almost everything, from classical to pop, but if they all have to agree on something, hits from the 80s always work.

They just returned from a trip to Utah and agree their favorite vacation is hard to choose, but they all agreed that their favorite vacations were the ones they took up north every summer for 13 years while the kids were younger. “We went every June for a week to the same rented cottage in St. Germain until the kids were in college. Gary’s brothers also went and brought their children, so it was a great time with the cousins and families all together, fishing, playing cards, boating, eating, and just enjoying time together.” Another favorite memory was the time that they drove to Disney for spring break, when the kids were 7 and 10. They don’t mind being stuck in the car together (currently filling out this questionnaire while driving back from a Utah vacation!) and they had so much fun at the parks.

They really do love our neighborhood and you will see them out and about with Darcy dog and taking part in our Neighborhood Association gatherings and events. “It was hard to leave our last home and neighborhood. We had lived there for almost 17 years and I worried we might not fit in as well in a newer neighborhood with a lot of young families. But we have found the neighbors here to be from all walks and stages of life, and it’s so fun to see all of the new additions to families around us.”

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

Reminder of the yard waste

The Streets Division Drop-off Site for yard waste disposal is right in our neighborhood at 402 South Point Rd. Please take advantage of this convenience and avoid to discard the yard waste elsewhere.

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

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Sponsors of our Association

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

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