Parks & Recreation Department introduces “All are Welcome” signage

You may have remembered seeing signs in city parks throughout La Crosse that said “Hate Has No Home Here.”

A neighborhood organization requested that the signs be placed in Weigent Park last month, and the city approved. But after talking with lawyers about the signs, the city removed them due to concerns they were politically motivated.

On Thursday night, the La Crosse Parks board decided to reinstate those signs, but this time they have a different message.

The new signs will be placed in La Crosse city parks with the slogan “All are Welcome”.

“With what happened with the previous signs, we understood the legal implications of that and the community members also did understand that. But we also didn’t want that message to get lost, the message that ‘Hate Has No Home Here’. In the City of La Crosse we want everyone to feel welcome,” says Jacqueline Marcou, the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Parks Department.

Local artist Landon Sheely created the “All are Welcome” signs. They will be placed at city parks, pools and other properties under the La Crosse Parks & Recreation Department.

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