The Madison Parks Division has a new name - sort of. "For marketing/logo purposes," says spokeswoman Laura Whitmore, "we are referring to ourselves as Madison Parks."
Officially, though, it's still the Madison Parks Division. The phraseology signifies that parks is not a stand-alone city department, but a subset of Public Works.
It's a distinction Mayor Dave Cieslewicz would do well to recall. His blog post last week on possible reductions in ice rink maintenance twice mentioned the city's nonexistent "Parks Department" - even after the error was pointed out to his office, or department, or whatchamacallit.