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Madison shows signs that Spring is finally here

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Madison (WKOW)-- Every year in Southern Wisconsin it's the same. Winter can't end fast enough and Spring always feels like it's just out of reach. Five long months of snow and cold seemed to freeze away all hope that we would be able to see warm temps and green grass again. However, traveling through the city of Madison this week you'll find plenty of signs that Spring has finally arrived.

No Spring in Madison would be complete without chairs, colored chairs to be more exact. The kind of chairs that line Union Terrace on the UW-Madison campus. These iconic brightly colored chairs were brought out of storage Wednesday morning for the first time this year.

"They're getting me pretty excited for the nice weather to finally be out. It's just beautiful out here on the lake," UW Senior Cailey Petelinsek says.

Brats and beer are now being served by the lake. Live music will start in early May. Several events including movie showings and concerts are already scheduled to take place on the terrace.

Another sign of Spring is seeing golfers out on the golf course. Many have been waiting months to get out again.

"Everyone kind of looks at the golf courses as a symbol for when Spring has arrived," City of Madison Golf Pro Ryan Brinza says.

Madison city courses opened the first week of April. It's two weeks ahead of last year, but overall pretty average in Madison. The courses closed the Sunday before Thanksgiving last year. That means golfers had to wait five months before being able to play their first rounds of 2014.

"Come back in four or five hours and I'll tell you if I should take up cycling," Odana Hills golfer John Berman says before starting a round of golf. "We're a hearty bunch of guys. We play until there's snow and we start up again once it has melted."

The city has invested thousands of dollars this year to improve club houses and bars at all four city owned golf courses. Many golfers say they've missed the camaraderie of playing with teammates.

"Everybody's just hitting inside all Winter long. You try and keep up with everybody, but it's not like you're out here seeing everybody all the time," Odana Hills Golf Course Association President Tim Alexander says.

The season of Spring means something different to everyone, but most can agree it's a time of new beginnings. Like the two brand new splash parks being built in Madison. On Tuesday, Madison city officials broke ground at Elver Park and Reindahl park where both splash parks will be built.

"I am thrilled that once the weather finally gets warm we will have some fabulous new warm weather activities here at Elver Park," Madison Alder Lisa Subeck says.

The two splash parks will open sometime in August. Together they cost around $2 million dollars. The project was paid for by a combination of public and private sources.

"This will be a major attraction for young children all over Madison," Mayor Paul Soglin says.

All of Madison's city parks are now open for the season. The only closing left is the disc golf course at Elver Park. City officials say it should be open soon.

Depending on how much rain is dumped on Southern Wisconsin over the next few days, the parks department could shut down a few parks for short periods of time. Parks employees say it's something that happens every year as we transition from Winter into Spring.

"It has felt like an extremely long Winter. We're all excited to get outside," Madison Parks Department Spokeswoman Laura Whitmore says. "We're open. I think winter is done."

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