Named for Tenney Park and Lapham School, our neighborhood is becoming known as one of the hottest parts of town thanks to the development boom on East Washington Avenue. Sleek high rise apartments are providing enticing choices that complement the surrounding historic homes. And by late-summer 2015, we'll have a full-service grocery at E. Washington and Livingston streets. New locally-owned businesses are bringing momentum to the East Johnson Street business district.
We are crazy with parks. We even have a two-level park: Reynolds Park with a playing field and kid area with tennis/bike polo/pickleball courts atop the pumping station. Tenney Park is legendary among ice skaters, fisherpeoples and families whose kids love the "ladybug" playground. A lock and dam raises and lowers watercraft and you can stroll along the Yahara River Parkway all the way from Lake Mendota to Lake Monona. On the west end, we have James Madison Park, located in a vibrant part of the neighborhood with historic houses and a lakefront park that hosts weddings, flower gardens, rowing classes, a playground, tight rope walkers, Frisbee players, ball sports, sun bathers, grillers, hula hoopers and fire jugglers. And every evening features jogger-stopping, photo-inducing sunsets.
Our elementary school is rated among the best in the city.
The neighborhood association is very active. Visit our lively, monthly council meetings: 2nd Thursdays, 7 p.m., at the Constellation, 2nd floor community room, 10 N. Livingston Street.