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La Crosse board accepts $312K bid for first part of Kids Coulee renewal

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Funding for the first phase of the Kids Coulee renovation was approved Monday by the La Crosse Board of Public Works.

Kirchner Custom Builders submitted the low bid for the initial work to evaluate what needs to be improved on the playground area, built at Myrick Park in the 1990s.

The Kirchner bid was $312,425, with the next closest coming in at $421,122.

Four contractors in all submitted bids, going as high as nearly $600,000.

Phase 1 includes evaluating what changes could be made to the nearly 30-year-old play area at Myrick Park. Separate bidding will be done for Phase 2 of the project, which will include construction of new slides and climbing structures.

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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