Public restrooms that have stood in La Crosse’s Riverside Park for years are making way for new facilities.
An excavator was brought in on Friday morning to tear down the south bathrooms near the State Street entrance to the park.
The city of La Crosse and the Friends of Riverside Park group jointly have committed $500,000 to build new restrooms with more stalls, more urinals, and storage space. The new restrooms also will be heated for year-round use.
The project was approved by city officials last summer. The park department says that a new building is needed to reduce long restroom lines that can form at major events like band concerts, Riverfest, and Rotary Lights.