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Effective 4.1.2020
Please remain patient as we work to remove the barricades and signage from the following locations:  
Hixon Forest - 2600 Old Quarry Rd
Mathy Quarry - N3065 County Rd FA
Hass Tract -3720 Easter Rd
Dobson Tract - 4402 Grandad Bluff Rd

Trails Remaining Closed 
Upper Hixon Forest – 700 County Rd FA
Willow Trail in the La Crosse River Marsh

March 19, 2020
Pettibone Park Closure
700 N Pettibone Dr
With anticipated rainfall and rising water levels, the Parks Department has closed Pettibone Park. Park staff will continue to monitor the park and reopen upon receding high water and safe conditions.

City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation, Forestry, Grounds & Building Department Programs & Facility Updates Due to COVID-19

Effective: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic response, the City of La Crosse, Park, Recreation & Forestry Department asks the La Crosse community to follow the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the infectious disease COVID-19 pandemic by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups when using outside park facilities.  Playgrounds are closed.
According to Governor Evers Emergency Order #12:
Essential Activities. Individuals may leave their home or residence to perform any of the following: Outdoor activity. 
To engage in outdoor activity, including visiting public and state parks, provided individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements. Such activities include, by way of example and without limitation, walking, biking, hiking, or running. Individuals may not engage in team or contact sports such as by way of example and without limitation, basketball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, or football, as these activities do not comply with Social Distancing Requirements.
Playgrounds are closed.
It is important to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, stay home if you feel sick.  For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.

Effective: Monday, March 16, 2020

Due to the recent events facing the City of La Crosse, it is imperative that the Parks, Recreation, Building and Grounds Department looks to address immediate and future concerns regarding COVID-19. It is essential that we continue moving forward with recreational opportunities for the community, but not jeopardizing the safety and well-being of participants. The department will rely on state and federal recommendations/mandates utilizing the Center for Disease Control (CDC) timelines. It is our intent to continue monitoring the situation in regards to site preparation and dates that are defined below. As of today, the CDC recommends no gathering exceeding 50 people are to take place for the next 8 weeks (May 10, 2020). We appreciate understanding from the community as we navigate these difficult times.

For a compete list of Program & Facility Updates, please click here.


The City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department’s Mission is to enrich our community through stewardship of the environment and through provision of quality recreation, facilities and fun.

  • All City Sign Up Ad 2020 Website Resize
    Save the Date! Saturday, April 18; 7am-10am

    Mark your calendars for the 2020 All City Sign Up! NOW TAKING PLACE ONLINE AND VIA PHONE ONLY at 608.789.8640

  • 2020 Public Works Open House
    5th Annual Public Works Open House

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Rain or Shine 8:00am-2:00pm Municipal Service Center (2000 Marco Drive)

Spring Sport Registration

Spring is right around the corner and that means registration for our spring youth sports has officially began so don't wait, register now! The following programs are now available for registration:

The registration deadline for Soccer and Track will be March 27th and the registration deadline for Youth Traveling Baseball will be May 8th. For more information on these programs, please follow the individual links listed above. To register, please visit us online or click the button below, call the La Crosse Parks & Rec Department at 608-789-7533, or stop into our main office during office hours (Mon-Fri; 8am - 5pm).

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