New teen center plans for La Crosse YMCA

Current center is about 100 years old and too small

As the La Crosse area YMCA’s membership grows so does involvement with its teen center.

To meet the needs of all the kids the teen center is being rebuilt from the ground up.

It’s part of the YMCA’s expansion and renovations for both of its La Crosse and Onalaska branches.

The current teen center is about 100 years old and is too small. The new building will help address both the physical and emotional well-being of more teens in the community.

“It’s a wonderful space, it’s very homey. The teens love how it feels when they walk in, but we’re out growing it. So, a space that’s a little bit larger and designed for the purposes we’re using it for, not something we converted,” said YMCA Teen Center Director Lisa Luckey.

The YMCA is about $1 million short on donations and is asking the public to help with the remaining amount.

If all goes well they hope to break ground on the new teen center by spring of next year.