Two more public areas of La Crosse have been added to the list of places where camping will not be allowed.
The city’s Board of Public Works made that decision at its weekly Monday morning meeting, responding to requests from the Pump House Regional Arts Center, as well as the La Crosse Center.
Pump House director, Allison Krzych, said during the meeting, she has seen unsheltered people camping in different parts of downtown.
Krzych told the board about people writing on picnic tables and leaving garbage behind. She said she worries about the safety of others who are downtown for arts events.
Meanwhile, board member Rebecca Schwarz voiced her concerns about the decision.
“I’m not particularly interested in doing preemptive spaces, when we don’t have a known and demonstrated public safety concern in that particular space,” Schwarz said.
City Parks, Recreation and Forestry director Jay Odegaard, who also oversees the La Crosse Center, said camping is currently permitted in the walkway area between the Center and the Radisson Hotel.