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City’s new $192,000 boathouse unveiled at Pettibone



Along with storage, structure will also be used for education programs.

Seven days a week, Pettibone Park will now have canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals.

A new boathouse and shelter was unveiled Tuesday at the park, just a short walk from Pettibone Beach.

The building, which cost $192,000, has a unique design, which was the plan by the HSR architects. 

“The look of a wave,” HSR designer Kurt Schroeder said, “So if you look from a distance, the roof is an interesting shape. Also, if you imagine the path an oar would travel…”

The boathouse, which was funded by the Pettibone Boat Club and user fees — no property tax money was used — won’t just be for storage.

“We will be using it for outdoor education programs, as far as our day camp program and our fishing program,” Jared Flick with the La Crosse Parks and Rec. Dept. said.

Fowler and Hammer also took part in building the shelter. Schroeder says the structure also was built on high land to protect the canoes and other equipment from occasional flooding of the Mississippi River.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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