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Demolition begins at Riverside Park bandstand

Brad Williams

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The benches are gone, the lights are down and the stage is a bit torn up.

Construction crews have started the process of renovating the Riverside Park bandstand in La Crosse’s Riverside Park.

The decades-old bandstand has needed repairs for years, and that work should be finished by spring.

After that, the parks department plans to erect a canopy over the stage, at a cost of around $500,000.

Users of the stage are lining up corporate sponsorships.

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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    Brent Hanifl

    October 6, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Correction to this article:

    The primary users of the current Band Stand are fundraising $500,000 to build an acoustical Shell covering the Band Stand. No public funds will be used. The acoustic design of the shell will reflect sound to audiences and to performers on stage. It will also shelter performers from most weather and provide ambient lighting.

    http://www.lacrossebandshell.org/faq/

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