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La Crosse park board approves patio project at the Hatchery, while Moon Tunes sign idea is dropped



A riverfront business in La Crosse could soon offer more outdoor space for customers.

The city park board has approved a request by the Hatchery hotel at Riverside Park to develop an outside terrace, on space now occupied by a garage.

Plans for the project submitted to the city describe the proposed terrace as a location for refreshments, catering, and celebrations. The project would be funded privately, with no money needed from the city.

A garage in back of the Hatchery hotel could be converted to outdoor patio space

The Hatchery operates out of the former fish lab building, also known locally as the fish hatchery, at the north end of Riverside Park.

In other park business discussed by the board, plans for a new idea to promote the Moon Tunes summer concerts have been dropped.

The Valley View Rotary had proposed displaying a 5-foot-high sign near the Riverside Park bandshell on concert nights, with the message “Moon Tunes free concert.” But concert organizer Terry Bauer told the park board that his group had second thoughts about the need for such a sign, based partly on the estimated $80 cost to make it.

Moon Tunes concerts have become a summer tradition in La Crosse over the past decade (FILE photo)

Board members officially voted “no” on the sign idea, but suggested that the group could re-apply in the future for a different sign. The first Moon Tunes evening concert for this season will be on Thursday, June 6th.

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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