The La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is looking for people to weigh in on how they use city facilities through a survey released Tuesday.

Jay Odegaard

Jay Odegaard, Director of La Crosse Parks, Forestry and Recreation

“It’s just a way for us to better collect information that we’re going to base our programming and facility assessment on for the future,” said parks director Jay Odegaard.

The idea is to find out what the parks facilities’ users like and what they feel like the department could do better as the staff members begins to lay the groundwork to revamp their strategic plan.

The survey focuses on bluffland and trail usage right now, Odegaard said, but the department will ask a variety of different questions moving forward.

The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/98PSNJ8.

There will be a public input session at 3:30 p.m. April 29 at Black River Beach Community Center to solicit feedback on the parks department.

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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering local government and city issues for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218.

(4) comments

Rick Czeczok

How about stop spending money on parks and fix the roads. Maybe fill the potholes up with the sand left on the road from winter as the city is not sweeping the streets either. Just what are we paying these high taxes for except for the bloated administration. Stop already, get infrastructure taken care of first. Such a backwards group running this city. It's going to come back and bite hard when other parts of the infrastructure start falling apart, like exploding raw sewage pipes. Oh that's right that already started too.


Their probably waiting for it to get as old as the infrastructure on the East coast.


This sounds like a very good idea to me. Get the input of the community. This Odegaard seems to know what he is talking about.


They should have done this before they turned Powell Park into one that nobody uses. It's almost depressing looking at it when you drive by. I know it wasn't perfect before but it at least got used. Put the ball field back along with the skating rink. They could play catch and frisbee and run around. Give kids more to do to get them off the streets and help keep them out of trouble. And while your at it fix up the other parks as well.

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