As one of the fastest growing communities in Wisconsin, Sun Prairie is appreciated for its historic downtown, quality schools, outstanding parks, and safe and aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods. It is minutes from Madison, the state's capital, and from its largest university. It is near many major attractions, including the House on the Rock, Cave of the Mounds, Old World Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Dells.
The park system consists of 44 parks covering 425 acres. Two nearby lakes, Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, likewise provide many recreational opportunities, including boating, water skiing, fishing, wildlife programs, and camping.
The city has emphasized diversified growth as evidenced by the healthy mix of commercial, residential and industrial development. Learn more... (links to the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce website)
The city is well known for its high-quality educational system. Over 7,500 children attend Sun Prairie High School (grades 10-12), the Upper Middle School (grades 8 & 9), two middle schools (grades 6 & 7), seven public elementary schools, an alternative learning center, three parochial schools, Sun Prairie's SP4K program for four-year old students, and Sun Prairie's Virtual School for students in grades K-12.
The School District opened a new Sun Prairie High School in the fall of 2010. The previous high school was renovated as the new Upper Middle School. The Sun Prairie Area School District provides a full range of instruction from special education to a talented and gifted program.
Sun Prairie is a rapidly growing business-friendly city, offering small city life within a thriving metropolitan area, consistently ranked as one of the top places in America to live.
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Special attractions include 44 parks, 13 ball diamonds, 11 outdoor skating rinks, two sledding hills and four soccer fields. The Family Aquatic Center features a zero depth swimming pool, waterslides and sand play area. The Youth Baseball Complex is home to baseball and softball programs, as well as Sun Prairie's Little League program. Recent additions to Sun Prairie's recreational opportunities include the Pet Exercise Area and the Skateboard Park.
President Van Buren commissioned a party of 45 men, including August Bird, to build a state capitol in Madison. The group of men left Milwaukee on May 26, 1837 and traveled for days in the rain. On June 9, the group emerged at the edge of the prairie and with the sun shining, carved the words 'Sun Prairie" into a tree. Charles Bird returned to the area 2 years later and became the first settler.