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Pickleball courts could be built soon at Houska Park in La Crosse

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Pickleball courts could be coming to a La Crosse park soon, but not to the park where such a project had been planned.

The La Crosse Parks and Rec. Department is planning to build pickleball courts in Houska Park, instead of at the nearby Green Island Arena area.

One reason for the change is that the city had some leftover money from a downsized dredging project at Swift Creek, along Houska Park.

Also, park staffer Jared Flick said donations did not come through for the Green Island court project when COVID-19 set in, and local pickleball players agreed with the plan to have courts built at Houska.

Before the new tennis courts at Green Island in La Crosse were installed last year, there was also talk of putting pickleball courts on the same site.

The La Crosse city council finance committee approved the change last week, and the full council is expected to vote on the pickleball project this Thursday.

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.