Families gather for neighborhood block party at Poage Park

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Come one, come all.

The Powell-Poage-Hamilton Neighborhood Association hosted a block party for people of all ages at Poage Park.

The fun started at 5 p.m. with a free dinner.

Then kids played yard games and toured an emergency response vehicle.

Families closed out the night with an outdoor movie.

Event organizers say that after an isolating two years of COVID-19, now is more important than ever to connect with neighbors.

“We kind of forget that we have neighbors,” said Angela Manke, chair of the Powell-Poage-Hamilton Neighborhood Association. “We’ve gotten so internalized. Now we’ve got to start going out and looking out for each other and events like this is a stepping stone towards that.”

The block party was planned with help from Gundersen Health System, Gundersen Hotel and Suites, Farnam Flats, and La Crosse Parks and Recreation.