History of the Village of Brooklyn
Located in both Dane and Green counties, the village of Brooklyn, one of the original towns located along its’ rail corridor, celebrated its’ 100th anniversary in 2005. The importance of its’ early years and railroading history is still celebrated today with Brooklyn’s annual Depot Days festivities on the last weekend in April.
Visitors and locals alike are invited to the Fire/EMS Labor Day Week-end Celebration in September in beautiful Legion Park. On Labor Day week-end, the Brooklyn Fire and EMS Departments hold their annual fundraiser. There is something for everyone: regional Truck and Tractor pulls competition, softball tournament, water-fight competitions among local fire departments, kids’ games, beer tent and live bands each night.
Within the last decade, Brooklyn’s population has grown as the village has become known as a wonderful location to raise families and to enjoy the small town quality of life. The Recreation committee has refurbished the playgrounds with new equipment, expanded the summer recreation youth program and has initiated family events such as free movies, Christmas cookie making, and other kid-centered activities. Recent years have shown a renewed commitment to revitalizing the downtown, increasing local economic development and capturing the cultural and employment benefits of living within a 25-mile radius from Madison, Janesville and Monroe.
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