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All-abilities Chad Erickson Treehouse on south side of La Crosse dedicated



A ribbon cutting on Oct. 11, 2023, for the Chad Erickson Treehouse. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

A new feature on a La Crosse hiking trail has now been dedicated.

Though the all-abilities treehouse actually was opened for public use in July, the wooden treehouse’s official ribbon cutting took place Wednesday on the Chad Erickson Trail (google map), along the bluffs near the Hillview Health Care Center. 

Folks gather at the dedication of the Chad Erickson Treehouse on Oct. 11, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams).

The structure uses whole trees and sections, similar to the design of the wooden bandshell at Riverside Park in La Crosse.

Ben Morris from the ORA Trails said the builders had a specific design in mind.

“What would it look like if we had a pirate ship, and what would it look like if we used whole trees?” Morris said. “And we’ve seen this type of really amazing architecture show up in our city.”

The Erickson family has sponsored the trail and the treehouse in memory of Chad, who was 15 when he passed away in 1995. 

The Chad Erickson Treehouse opened in July but had its dedication on Oct. 11, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

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. kevin

    October 13, 2023 at 8:32 am

    Not to be a kill joy, but the photo is showing a platform, calling it a ‘tree house’ is quite subjective. Its a nice looking deck, but i don’t see anything related to a tree house.

    • Mike

      October 13, 2023 at 9:04 pm

      I concur with Kevin

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