Riverside Park taking form after summer of construction

The Eagle Landmark sculpture is usually one of the tallest structures at Riverside Park, but the cranes working on the bandshell project at riverside have the eagle beat.

They’re a part of multiple construction projects that have been underway in Riverside Park.

“This summer was tough for the park, we had a lot of things going on a lot of construction.”

Looking back at the summer, director of Parks and Recreation Jay Odegaard remembers multiple projects to renew riverside park, starting with the aging fountain.

“We replaced it all with a granite base, this fountain will be here for years to come.”

And on the north side of the park the Riverside Bandshell has taken a considerable amount of construction time, and looks to be done by early spring next year.

“As a team, they’re just doing fabulous work in putting our frames in place,” said Terry Bauer, Bandshell Consortium Co-chair.

The frames of the bandshell were put in place today.

“Two pieces that are swaying in the sky, try to join them together. Tighten them together, so they’re on piece, and drop them down,” said Bauer, explaining the frame installation process.

“Next year’s going to be just an awesome year for the park, and one that the community well deserves,” said Odegaard.

With many construction projects to be done next year, what part of the park will Jay be most excited to see?

“It will be nice when we get the big black tube out of here, that would be nice to get rid of the phone calls,” joked Odegaard.

And with the tubes and cranes gone, the Eagle be a cherished part of a La Crosse landmark without interruption.

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