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Lawsuit aimed at stopping new hiking trails in bluffs

Brad Williams

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Before the coronavirus began to dominate our daily lives, one of La Crosse’s biggest news stories of early 2020 was opposition to new hiking trails in the bluffs. 

Homeowners near Grandad Bluff objected to plans for developing new trails, such as one which was called “Grandma’s Gateway.” 

The issue hasn’t gone away.  In fact, it’s now going to court. 

A lawsuit was filed last week against the city of La Crosse by several people, including a group called the Grand Bluff Coalition. 

The suit seeks a restraining order against new trails which could increase erosion in the bluffs, and lead to more traffic in the 29th Street area. 

The issue of new trails and access to the Grandad Bluff area was debated in January and February by the La Crosse city council and the park board, with the council narrowly voting in favor of allowing more access to the bluffs.     

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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