The Myrick Hixon EcoPark in La Crosse has new ownership.
At a special city council meeting tonight.
the council voted unanimously to terminate the city's
agreement with the park and take over control.
New at ten.
News 8's Kyle Dimke joins us now in our newsroom with
The non-profit Myrick Hixon EcoPark Incorporated had
an agreement with the city from May of 2013 .
through April of 2023.
Locks will be changed tomorrow when the city officially
takes control of the property and anything left at
The city is responsible and says it will honor all
agreements the park has in place with groups renting
the facility prior to the termination of the agreement.
Council President Dick Swantz says from there it will
be up to the council and community to decide what
is made of the property.
3- the city will take the time in the near future
to sit down with the community at large and talk about
where are we going from here? What do we want to do
with this precious piece of property
La Crosse Parks and Rec will now be in charge of the
maintenance, up-keep and management of the property.
The department's director says there is already a
list of people waiting to sign up to rent out the
3- It will be basically run on a model similar to
the Black River Beach Neighborhood Center.
So groups are welcome to come in an have meetings
and gatherings and all kinds of events there.
Both Swantz and Carolyn emphasize there needs to be
and will be a lot of community input on what will
become of the EcoPark.
Carolyn says there will be a series of meetings with
stakeholders within the coming weeks to get the process
Educational programming with the La Crosse School
District will continue as well.
The city's parks board voted Monday to have Wiscrops
take over that programming through September of next