Big day Tuesday for changes at La Crosse city facilities as COVID darkness begins to lift

Many restrictions still apply to most city departments
(Jake Malmin photo)

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The city of La Crosse has announced several changes and guidelines in anticipation of the reopening of city facilities.
For all city facilities, visitors are asked to follow the 6-foot physical distancing guidelines, maybe asked wear a mask out of respect for other visitors and city employees and take advantage of the hand sanitizer stations.
All services that don’t require face-to-face contact or can be done through electronic means should be done electronically. Residents should continue to submit payments through mail, the city hall drop boxes (red box in the parking lot and green box at the north entrance) or online (taxes and municipal court citations) at those sections of the city website. Pet licensing continue at the usual pet portal.
Following are the statuses of city facilities and general guidelines:
City Hall: Will open Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The lobby will have service desks. Visitors will not have direct access to any of the departments, so anyone would like to speak directly to a specific person should call ahead to schedule an appointment. Visitors will be asked to wear a mask.
Libraries: The Main Library will open to the public for scheduled access to computer and printing services from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Access is by appointment only. Patrons can make those appointments beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday by calling (608) 789-7122 or emailing Visitors will be asked to wear a mask. For more information on curbside pick-up, virtual services or details on the north and south libraries, go to Public Library tab on the city’s website.

La Crosse Center: Lobby will open Tuesday with limited hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Box Office will act as the receiving area for guests. If you have questions or need to contact the center, do so by email to Sue Wieman or call (608) 789-7411. If you have questions or concerns related to the box office, contact Natalie Olson at or (608) 789-7426. Visit the center’s website for updates.

Municipal Transit Center/Grand Rivers Station: Lobby will remain closed. Buses will return to half service Tuesday. Service will run from 5:40 a.m. and to 10:40 p.m. Sunday-Saturday. No charge for riding through the month of June.
Parking Ramps: Pay to park resumes Tuesday.
Fire Stations: Fire stations will remain closed to the public and not scheduling any tours.
Municipal Court: Court will resume in person hearings.
Municipal Service Center: Closed until further notice. The yard waste site will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Community Centers: Closed until further notice.
Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department: Schedules and limitations were announced Wednesday.
Houska Park Bridge: Unrelated to COVID-19 but still in reference to a city facility is the fact that Houska Park Pedestrian Bridge repairs are complete and the bridge is open. Repairs included new decking, railing and asphalt transition areas on both sides of the bridge.