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Riverside Park bandshell design coming soon, along with public hearing on project



Bob Good

Design plans for a renovated Riverside Park bandstand should be ready for the November meeting of the La Crosse park board.

Much of the bandstand area has been demolished as part of the reconstruction project.

Bandstand backer Terry Bauer of Moon Tunes told the board Thursday that he was hoping to have the designs ready for this week but it will have to wait until after a public hearing.

That hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29 at the La Crosse Public Library.

Also at the meeting, the board endorsed Bauer’s plans to sell inscribed pavers to raise money for the renovation.

The board also heard updates on the work to tear down much of the bandstand area and rebuild it.

Some soil borings may be done soon to see what may be underground at the bandshell. Jay Odegaard, of the parks department, doesn’t expect anything unusual to come from those borings.

“From what I know of Riverside Park,” Odegaard said, “a majority of it is dredge sand that was put there a long time ago, so I don’t see any concerns with the soil boring itself.”

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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