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?

Party in the Park was a great success! The party was on May 22nd and we had beautiful weather and it was a great time for everyone to connect, congregate, and compete with our neighbors. Thanks to all that made it a great event! We are starting to plan another party in August and will provide details on that as soon as we know more.

Great Success Part 2: Community-Wide Garage Sale!

We had over 20 garage sales in our neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods. There was a lot of awesome traffic from both within the area and those coming from further away. Thanks to all that promoted, hosted sales, and shopped. Mark your calendars for the 2023 sales that we’ll schedule for June 8-10, 2023. If you have any suggestions or feedback to help make this “event” even better next year, please let us know!

What’s coming up in our neighborhood?

Mark Your Calendars

New potential parks

The City of Madison Parks Division is beginning the master planning process for parks located within our neighborhood boundaries as part of a larger far west parks planning effort. Acer Park, 10327 Shady Birch Trl, is considered a neighborhood park. Birchwood Point Park, 10305 Hazy Sky Pkwy, is considered a mini park. Neither currently offer any amenities. The City will be undertaking the master planning process for Acacia Ridge Park, 9251 Watts Rd, during this process.

The overall master planning process will include completing an inventory and analysis of the existing conditions on each parcel, engaging residents through public information meetings, gathering public input through several strategies, and completing a conceptual plan for facilities that will be offered in each park.

City of Madison Parks will be holding a kick-off public information meeting for local residents, during which we will introduce the project and gather feedback/input. The meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, 6/23 from 5:30-7:00PM. We will also be sending out postcards and posting information at the park closer to the meeting date.

Information regarding the project will posted on our website (and updated as more details become available) at:

If anyone cannot attend the meeting and would like to submit comments, they can contact me directly or take the survey which will be available on the webpage after 6/23/22.

Sarah Close
Landscape Architect
City of Madison Parks Division
City-County Building, Rm 104
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 263-6850


Keep Our Neighborhood Safe This 4th of July

Hello neighbors! Many residents of Birchwood Point and 1000 Oaks kindly ask that you celebrate without setting off fireworks at your house during the 4th of July. The number of neighbors shooting off firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets and mortars has increased over the last couple of years.

Most fireworks are actually illegal in the cities of Madison and Middleton. Anything that goes up in the air or has a fuse is illegal. According to the City of Madison’s website, the only legal “fireworks” in the city are sparklers, snakes, snaps, caps, and party poppers. (See below.)

More than that, though, fireworks can cause a variety of problems for many of us. The noise of fireworks so close to our homes can trigger PTSD in veterans, cause distress for kids and adults with sensitivity to loud sounds, scare babies and toddlers, and traumatize pets. Fireworks are a serious safety hazard - you can accidentally cause property damage, set fires, physically harm yourself or your kids, etc. And fireworks are actually really bad for the environment, causing both air and water pollution.

This year, please consider attending one of our awesome area events that are run by professionals. Don’t set off illegal fireworks in our neighborhood. This will help keep our neighborhood safe for all people and animals. Thank you!

2022 Firework Events:

34.5601 RECREATIONAL FIREWORKS. (Am. by ORD-14-00139, 8-13-14) The following requirements are in addition to the requirements found in IFC Chapter 56: (1) Recreational Fireworks means the following: (a) A cap containing not more than one-quarter (¼) grain of explosive mixture, if the cap is used or possessed or sold for use in a device which prevents direct body contact with a cap when it is in place for explosion. (b) A toy snake that contains no mercury. (c) A sparkler on a wire or wood stick not exceeding thirty-six (36) inches in length or one quarter (¼) inch in outside diameter which does not contain magnesium, chlorate or perchlorate. (d) A device designed to spray out paper confetti or streamers and which contains less than onequarter (¼) grain of explosive mixture. (e) A device designed to produce an audible sound but not explode, spark, move or emit an external flame after ignition and which does not exceed three (3) grams in total weight. (2) The following exceptions are additional exceptions to the requirements in IFC section 5601.1.3: The retail sales, storage, handling and use of recreational fireworks as specified in this section are permitted. (3) The following requirements are in addition to the requirements in IFC section 5601.2: (a) As specified in Sec. 34.105, MGO, a permit is required for the retail sales of recreational fireworks. (b) An application for a permit for the sales of recreational fireworks shall be made in writing at least thirty (30) days in advance of the sale or offer to sell, and shall specify: 1. The name and address of the permit holder; 2. The date on and after which sales or offers to sell shall be made; 3. The kind, quantity, and location of each device to be offered for sale. (4) Storage and Handling. The following requirements are in addition to the requirements in IFC section 5704.1: (a) A person who stores or handles fifty pounds (50 lbs) or more of recreational fireworks shall immediately notify the Chief of the location, description and quantity of the recreational fireworks. (b) No person may store recreational fireworks within one hundred (100) feet of a dwelling. (c) No person may store recreational fireworks within one hundred (100) feet of a public assemblage or place where gasoline or volatile liquid is sold in quantities exceeding one gallon. (5) The Chief may seize, at the expense of the owner of recreational fireworks that is stored, handled, sold, possessed or used by any person in violation of this code. Such seized products shall be destroyed after conviction for a violation and other returned to the owner. (Am. by ORD-13-00102, 6-12-13)


Mark your calendars for NEXT year’s garage sale…June 8-10, 2023!!!

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.

Winnie Schlitz turned 7 on May 3rd


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Community Events and Resources

Streets Division Update

  • Spring yard waste collection is now over. Do not place yard waste at the curb for pick-up. Curbside yard waste pickup will resume in the fall.

  • 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:

  • Brush collection is ongoing. To learn when you should set out brush at your home for pickup, go to

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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