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Senior Center open in La Crosse, adding new programs this week

The La Crosse Parks and Rec Department has been operating their Senior Center on La Crosse’s North Side and will release their summer activity guide this week.

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A collaboration of city resources is helping expand programs to La Crosse’s Senior Center.

New programs for summer should be out this week. The city’s Parks and Rec. Department is working with the La Crosse Public Library and the La Crosse County ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center) on all the programs offered to seniors.

The goal is to avoid duplicate programs while expanding the offerings.

After the closing of the South Side Senior Center, Parks and Rec. assistant director Kerry Gloede said things are going well leasing the old La Crosse Footwear Building at 1407 St. Andrew Street (map).

“We’ve been open for a couple of months, and doing some programming,” Gloede told Sam Strong on Classic Hits 94.7. “We’re really excited, too, because this week, the La Crosse County Nutrition Program was able to start offering in person dining at this location.”

Gloede added they’ve covered just about everything during a pandemic to get folks involved — virtual, in-person and a hybrid model.

“If you’re comfortable coming in person, you can,” she said. “If you’re not able to come in person or not comfortable at this time, you can also join a program virtually so we have a couple of different options for people.”

For anyone that wants to check things out, schedule an appointment by calling 608-789-7533.

Gloede added that they are in the process of putting out the summer activity guide later this week.
Check online programs for youth, adults and seniors, as well as information about summer camps, pools and more for the 2021 season.

Tracy has worked at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 2004. She is half of the Z93 Morning Buzz with Brittany and Ballzer and coordinates Z93's charity, Zcare. She writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse and announces for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem Roller Derby team.