New kayak rental shelter opens at Pettibone Park

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - If you're looking to spend some time out on the river this summer, a new affordable option is available.

The City of La Crosse's Parks and Rec Department has a new canoe and kayak shelter at Pettibone Park. An open house was held for the new building Tuesday.

The shelter will also serve as the new location for the department's outdoor education program for kids.

For just $5 for kayaks and canoes or $10 for a paddle board, anyone can stop by and rent the equipment for up to 8 hours.

"You don't have to be very experienced," said City of La Crosse Recreation Specialist Jared Flick. "We can give you a quick little run through of how, what you need to do, but the main thing is just getting out on the water and having fun."

The shelter will be open seven days a week from noon until 8 p.m.

City officials say it cost more than $190,000 to build, but was paid for entirely through user fees and leases, with no taxpayer money involved.

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