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Cameron Park is fenced off for cleaning, as La Crosse City Hall bans camping at more locations



A La Crosse city committee has banned camping at two more locations, in an effort to limit the properties where homeless people can gather downtown.

The board of public works voted on Monday to prohibit camping on the City Hall block, and on land north of the Oktoberfest grounds. The vote came hours after campers were moved out of Cameron Park, which has been fenced off for cleaning this week.

City park director Jay Odegaard tells WIZM’s La Crosse Talk that private security will have to be brought in to help police enforce the camping ban.

“We just don’t have the staff internally to monitor these, so between our staff and some private security assistance, we’re going to be monitoring those locations pretty heavily,” said Odegaard.

Mayor Mitch Reynolds has said that the ultimate decision on whether to prohibit camping at a specific site lies with the public works board, and he expects there could be more requests for bans in the coming weeks.

Possessions of the campers temporarily banned from Cameron Park have been placed near a downtown parking ramp

Many of the personal possessions that were located in Cameron Park have been moved to the other side of King Street, and some campers appear to be spending time in a nearby parking ramp for now.

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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  1. John Q Public

    August 1, 2023 at 8:58 am

    How many times will our enabling mayor spend taxpayers money on closing cleaning and reopening the parks.

  2. Kent Porter

    August 1, 2023 at 12:28 pm


  3. Citizen

    August 1, 2023 at 8:56 pm

    Cameron park has been a no-camping place for years.

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