The tents are gone from Houska Park. So is much of the grass and the soil, after city crews plowed trash out onto the street on Wednesday, the day when winter campers were told to vacate the riverfront park.
Most of Houska Drive along the west side of the park has been closed to traffic, while the cleanup is in progress.
Camping continued through the winter months, even though the city had hoped to get people to leave Houska last October. Restoring the soil and the greenery is expected to take some time.
Heavy equipment was used to move garbage out of the park on Wednesday, with junk left on the street running past the park entrance.
City leaders chose March 15th as the day that campers had to leave Houska, and the people who stayed there were given a one-month notice to vacate the land. Camping was allowed this winter, compared to a year ago, when unsheltered people were moved to a La Crosse hotel for the winter months.