Sun Prairie is a vibrant and thriving community located in northeastern Dane County, just east of the City of Madison. Sun Prairie is the second most populous city in Dane County, and one of the fastest growing cities in Wisconsin. The community has excellent transportation access, and is serviced by U.S. 151, which provides quick access to Interstates 39 & 90 and Interstate 94. Dane County Regional Airport is also in close proximity, located less than 10 miles away.
Sun Prairie is appreciated for its historic downtown, quality schools, outstanding parks, and safe and aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods. Our community provides an alluring blend of affordability and a high standard of living for its residents. 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.
PARKS, RECREATION AND SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS
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 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. Special attractions include 13 ball diamonds, 11 outdoor skating rinks, two sledding hills and four soccer fields. Recent additions to Sun Prairie's recreational opportunities include the Pet Exercise Area and the Skateboard Park.
The city has emphasized diversified growth as evidenced by the healthy mix of commercial, residential and industrial development.
SUN PRAIRIE SCHOOLS
The city is well known for its high-quality educational system. Over 7,500 students attend Sun Prairie schools, which include an alternative learning center, three parochial schools, Sun Prairie's SP4K program for four-year old children, and Sun Prairie's Virtual School for students in grades K-12.
The School District opened a new $95 million High School (grades 10-12) in the fall of 2010, which includes a top-notch performing arts center and some of the most technically advanced classrooms in the nation. The previous high school was renovated as the new Upper Middle School (grades 8 & 9). There are two middle schools (grades 6 & 7) and seven public elementary schools.
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.
SUN PRAIRIE - A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
The Town of Sun Prairie was created on February 2, 1846 and the City of Sun Prairie, which grew from that town, was incorporated in 1958.