LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Nearly one year ago we got our first look at a made-over Grandad Bluff overlook.  A nearly $1.5 million renovation project restored the park's shelter house to its 1930's look, and also got rid of steps to make the view of La Crosse and the Mississippi River accessible to people of all abilities.

Now that new overlook is being recognized on both a state and a national level.

The State of Wisconsin American Public Works Association, as well as the United States American Public Works Association, are giving the Grandad overlook renovation the '2013 Project of the Year' award, a prestigious honor.

The award recognizes excellent management, administration, and alliance between City of La Crosse Departments, the Wisconsin DNR, as well as the architects, consultants, contractors, and engineers who worked together to make the project a reality.

La Crosse's Parks and Recreation Department says the restoration makes sure future generations can continue to enjoy our community's natural beauty from the top of Grandad Bluff.