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La Crosse’s park department looks at restoring community programs to Southside Center



You could say one neighborhood center in La Crosse has recovered slowly from being shut down three years ago because of COVID-19.

After reopening, the Southside Neighborhood Center was used for many months as a site for city meetings, while City Hall was being remodeled. As a result, park department programs were moved to other buildings.

La Crosse resident Joyce Arthur addressed the park board Thursday night, asking to have activities such as exercise classes and music events again at the building on 6th Street.

Park director Jay Odegaard told the Park Board that some programs could be restored to the southside building.

For now, however, Odegaard said it will also be kept in reserve as an emergency shelter, which is how it was used over the cold Christmas weekend when temperatures dropped below zero.

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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