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New restrooms, more benches on the way at Riverside Park



New restrooms for Riverside Park have already gotten a green light at La Crosse City Hall. Now, a private citizens’ group is busy trying to raise matching funds for the project.

Friends of Riverside Park will contribute up to $250,000 to the new facility near the park entrance, to match funding approved by the city.

The group is also taking donations on its website here.

Group member Abbie Leithold Gerzema likes the planned improvements over the current restroom, noting that there will be more stalls for women in the new building, reducing the waiting time for women.

The Friends group also is raising funds to install more green benches at the Riverside bandshell.
Seven new benches have just been put in place on new concrete at the bandshell site. Friends member Dave Clements says more than a hundred new benches could be put in before long.

The new restrooms are expected to be built near the State Street entrance to Riverside Park before the end of the year.

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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