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Neighborhood groups have big influence on La Crosse city parks



When it comes to how the city’s parks are used, it’s not always City Hall making decisions from the top down.

If parks undergo major changes in the next few years, neighborhood groups could be the driving forces behind that change.

Interim parks and rec. director Jay Odegaard says those groups tend to be where new ideas for old parks come from, along with funding for projects.

“It’s neighborhood associations that reach out … and what they would like to see done in their neighborhood or at their neighborhood park,” Odegaard said. “We help facilitate that change.”

Odegaard says his department relies a lot upon the interests of neighborhood groups and their ability to raise money for projects they want.

“It’s group like the Save the Myrick Park Zoo that we’re really focusing on trying to collaborate with so that the taxpayers aren’t taking the entire brunt of the funding,” Odegaard said.

Last month, an audit of park spending was presented to La Crosse’s city council.  

It found there were too many transfers of money from one park project to another without much public notice.

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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  1. Sue Lacoste

    January 7, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Thank you Jay!
    MPC’s 2019 goal is to BRING IT! Fund raisers and grants !
    Working together making it happen! It takes all of us!

  2. Sue Lacoste

    January 7, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Thank you Jay!
    Working together making it happen!

  3. Sue Calloway

    January 7, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Thank you, Jay!!

  4. Margaret Strasser

    January 7, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Thank-You Jay.As a member of the Myrick Park group this something we really believe in. People really do miss Myrick park and the animals. Not to mention the rides ect.

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