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Park board endorses UWL fire station, says thumbs down to cell tower at Riverside



Plans to use city park property near UWL for a new fire station get the blessing of the La Crosse park board…with conditions. 

The board has approved a motion to let the fire department manage a small lot in the Goosetown area, close to Coate Hall, but board chair Chris Kahlow is reluctant to give up park land.

Kahlow would like the city to designate new park land in exchange for the lot which would go toward the new firehouse.    

Ground could be broken for the new fire station as soon as late summer.  It would replace the existing Station 2 on Monitor Street.         

In other park business, a plan to erect a cell phone tower in the middle of La Crosse’s Riverside Park has been put on hold by City Hall, until the park board had a chance to comment on the idea. 

On Thursday night, park board members had that chance.  And they didn’t like the idea very much. 

The 30-foot tower proposed by Verizon would be along State Street near the park entrance, and the tower would be built to resemble a lamppost. 

The park board opposed the tower plan, and the project goes back to the board of public works for further action. 

Board member Sandy Cleary suggested to a Verizon rep that the company should consider putting the tower on a nearby building outside of the park.     

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. Michael Kopski

    May 21, 2021 at 7:19 am

    There should be plenty of opportunities outside Riverside Park for Verison’s cell tower.

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