Sculpture dedicated in honor of Weigent Park namesake

Sculpture dedicated in honor of...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A La Crosse park has a new sculpture in honor of its namesake.

A seven-foot tall sculpture of Walter 'Babe' Weigent was dedicated Friday afternoon at Weigent Park, on the corner of 16th and Cass Streets.

Weigent was born and raised in La Crosse before working at Central High School from 1933 to 1970, where he served as a teacher, football coach and athletic director.

He also served as the Oktoberfest Maple Leaf Parade Marshal in 1967.

Carl Miller led the fundraising efforts of the sculpture, and says he wanted to do something to honor the man who was his mentor. He says the likeness of Weigent will also bring other benefits.

"They're going to take more pride in their park, because they've got somebody that says, that was Babe's park, and we can't let him down," said Miller.

The sculpture was more than a dozen years in the making, with several alumni groups from Central making donations to commission the piece.

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