Parks, Recreation & Forestry propose master plan for bluff projects

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The Board of Park Commissioners in La Crosse discussed multiple proposed projects on Thursday.

One of them includes the Blufflands.

Since 2005 there have been six different plans for the bluffs.

But over that time they’ve overlapped and haven’t been redeveloped.

So the Board wants to create a master plan.

It would address the different recreational activities, the benefits, and impacts on the environment.

The Board also says it wants to include more community involvement.

“These plans on paper are obviously very beneficial, but the process in which to get to that plan can be much more difficult,” said Jay Odegaard, Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry. “They’re definitely time-consuming and at the end of the day, the biggest issue is you have to get the community to try to agree upon a plan. And as we’ve seen in the recent months here, there’s a lot of decisiveness between opinions on what use these Blufflands should have for the community.”

This comes after weeks of tension between the board and some community members over access to new trails in the bluff.