Multimillion-dollar rec center could be coming to La Crosse’s Veterans Freedom Park

La Crosse Curling Club is raising money for the building and would use it from November-April

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The La Crosse Parks Board approved the concept and location of a multimillion-dollar recreation center at Veterans Freedom Park Thursday.

The La Crosse Curling Club, which is raising money privately to construct the building, will use it as a curling center from November through April, and the city could use it the rest of the year.

The Curling Club began raising money for the center, projected to cost an estimated $2.75 to $3 million in 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic stalled those efforts. There is no timeline on when the building will be complete as more money needs to be raised.

Staffers in the city’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department say they hope the center will bring more eyes to Veterans Freedom Park,

“We’ve been building more and more of our statues and this will bring more light to that area,” said Recreation Coordinator Jared Flick. “A lot of folks don’t know what’s down there. The park is very large but is in between La Crosse and French Island, so we’re just really excited about that.”

Parks Board members viewed an artist’s rendering of the building, but the design is not final.

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