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Groundbreaking begins $750,000 renovation of La Crosse’s Kids Coulee playground

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A groundbreaking took place Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, for the renovation of Kids Coulee in La Crosse. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

The towering wooden playground known as Kids Coulee has been a fixture at Myrick Park in La Crosse for almost 30 years, but it needs some improvement.

The city Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse got together Monday with area contractors for the groundbreaking of a Kids Coulee renovation that could take several months to complete.

Kids Coulee, which includes several wooden platforms and towers, along with a stage area, was originally built by hundreds of volunteers in 1994. The renovation could cost up to $750,000.

Park department staffer Dan Trussoni said members of the public want the playground’s condition improved but also hope that the appearance of Kids Coulee won’t change.

Athletes from UW-L, along with officials from local construction firms, took part in a groundbreaking.

Local business reps join city of La Crosse and UW-La Crosse officials at a groundbreaking for Kids Coulee renovation, Aug. 22, 2022. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

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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