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Health group provides substantial donation to Trane Park project

Drew Kelly

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The $6 million All-Abilities Trane Park in La Crosse got a major boost.

The park that will help provide recreational opportunities to kids of all abilities — the first of its kind in the midwest — got a $125,000 donation from Mayo Health System on Monday.

Mayo's Paul Mueller (left) and Katie Bakke, present Mayor Tim Kabat with a $125,000 check for Trane Park.

Grand opening for the south side park, that’s been planned for at least six years, is scheduled for July. The nine-acre park broke ground Oct. 3.

It will be equipped with special zones, where visitors can swing, slide, spin and climb.

“We really feel that this park has been unique in its design and collaboration,” Katie Bakke, on the Trane Park committee, said, “with over 40 local health care professionals, education and human resource individuals, along with families themselves, to really meet the needs of these individuals.”

Bakke added that the response and support has been surprising to her, thinking back to the beginning, as the scope of the project has far outgrown the original concept.

“This project began several years ago with a small group of individuals and their families looking for a wonderful space within the community that could really meet the needs of all their children,” Bakke, who is also a therapist at Mayo, said.

While the park will be unique to the midwest, it is also just one of a handful in the U.S. For more on the park, click here.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.