Future of Hiawatha statue still under discussion

Discussion on the future of the Hiawatha statue in La Crosse’s Riverside Park is continuing.

An Art Board Public Conditions report were delivered to the city’s Board of Park Commissioners Thursday tonight.

The condition of the 1962 concrete statue is outlined in the report.

Paint has peeled from parts of the statue and there are cracks along some of the legs.

Work will need to be done on the statue, even if it is moved to a new location.

“Maintenance needs to be done either way, but whether or not the statue stays in Riverside Park, or it goes to a location that the family’s chooses, is really going to depend on the funding sources that’s used,” said Jay Odegaard, Director of the La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

The statue was last repaired in 2001, with costs exceeding $35,000.

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