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Repairs for northside pool, Forest Hills tennis get attention, as La Crosse mayor puts emphasis on neighborhoods

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Tennis courts and a neighborhood swimming pool could be high on the list of public projects funded by La Crosse City Hall over the next year.

On Monday, the City Plan Commission discussed $600,000 proposed for repairs to the Forest Hills tennis courts, along with $900,000 to upgrade the Northside Side Community Pool — both of which have been identified as needed projects for years.

Erickson Pool is being closed this summer for $450,000 in repairs, while Northside is set to be closed next summer.

Northside Pool 2025-29 capital improvement budget funding request.

The pool needs a new liner and could get a new roof. As for tennis, regular programs at Forest Hills have been moved across town to the Green Island tennis courts for this summer.

Forest Hills 2025-29 capital improvement budget funding request.

City officials told the commission that the tennis courts and the pool could be closed down for good if major repairs are not made soon.

Those two facilities were on a list of five items proposed for inclusion in the next capital improvement budget, but the commission voted 4-3 against adding them to the budget at this time.

The next public meeting over the Capital Improvement Budget is at 6 p.m. June 17 at the city council chambers.

During the commission meeting, Mayor Mitch Reynolds addressed a perception among some La Crosse residents that neighborhood needs are not a priority for the city.

“Our planning department spends all of its time working to improve our city and our neighborhoods,” Reynolds said. “They literally lose sleep over things that we are attempting to do to improve our city and our neighborhoods.”

The mayor added that it was “frankly offensive” to find that some residents don’t think neighborhoods are a priority issue.

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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