City Hall is preparing to close La Crosse’s Houska Park at the end of the day on Wednesday, concluding several months of homeless people occupying the riverfront land in tents and other temporary shelters.
Houska has to be thoroughly cleaned, the grounds have to be repaired, and grass will be re-planted.
“A lot of those folks have been overnighting in Catholic Charities throughout the winter, a lot of them have gone to Salvation Army and have cycled out of Salvation Army into more permanent housing,” La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds tells WIZM’s La Crosse Talk PM. “Some have left the area.”
Dozens of people have stayed in tents and other forms of shelter over the winter, in contrast to last winter, when the ctels.
On February 15th, the city of La Crosse gave homeless people at Houska Park a one-month notice to leave the grounds. A number of tents and other personal belongings remain in Houska.
The mayor says there are different options for what might happen to Houska.
“Can be a nice park,” says Reynolds. “We’ve had some ideas about turning that into an actual campground…I think that it has some great amenities that would support that.”