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La Crosse council to review parks and rec. five-year plan

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The La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Foresty Department is making plans for what improvements to address over the next few years.

A five-year comprehensive plan for the local parks is being reviewed by the city council.

Capital projects proposed during 2022 could cost just under $5 million.

Among the highest-priced items is the ongoing rehabilitation of the fish lab building on the north end of Riverside Park. It is estimated at $500,000.

Also at that price, a rehab of the Kids Coulee playground at Myrick Park. Kids Coulee was built in the 1990s. Maintenance of the playground has been on the back burner for several years.

A recent survey from the city shows that exercise is the favorite activity in the parks — jogging and walking both mentioned by 70% of those polled.

Next on that list, 66% say they go to city parks to spend time with family and friends.

Also in the Top 5 reasons to visit parks was relaxation and participating in events.
About 2,300 responded to the survey, conducted in 2019.

Its results have been used to set priorities for the park system comprehensive plan.

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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