LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - With temperatures struggling to stay above zero, it might be hard to think about spending a day at the park.
But La Crosse's Parks and Rec Department says it's best to get an early start on reserving any shelters you may want to use for events this spring and summer.
City residents can now call the department to book dates between May 1st and October 14th.
Those who don't live in the city can still reserve a shelter starting next week.
Whether it's for a family reunion, graduation party or wedding, city officials say the parks provide more than just a venue.
"A lot of the parks where the shelters are have other amenities, so whether it be at Black River Beach, you have the beach. Or at Pettibone, you have the beach and lagoon area. In some of the parks you've got playgrounds for kids to play, so a lot of the parks offer different amenities for people looking for something to do in the summer," said Parks and Rec Superintendent Kerry Gloede.
Booking fees vary depending on the size and location of the shelters.
Rates are also higher for non-residents.
You can find a full list of available shelters and fees on the Parks and Rec Department's website. Just look under the facilities tab.
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