30,000 Square Foot Pump Track and Jump Area is Open! The Outdoor Recreation Alliance couldn’t be more proud of the new trail head facilities in Upper Hixon Forest. The City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department began work last year to revamp the overcrowded parking area off of County Road FA near the National Weather Service Doppler tower. ORA helped to “ice the cake” with the completion of a 30,000 square foot pump track and jump area. The track is open now. There will be a formal Grand Opening, The Bluff Bash, on August 27th from 6:00-9:00 pm hosted by the City of La Crosse Park and Recreation Department. The bike park can, and should, be enjoyed by all types and levels of riders. There is something for everyone from toddlers to adults. Please note that riding the park in muddy conditions severely damages the surface, so give it some time after a rain. Additional information and full articel can be found in the Seven Magazine. Photo provided by Riley Seebeck of Flowphoto.
HIXON FOREST USERS: SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
The Outdoor Recreation Alliance (ORA) committee on Lower Hixon Forest is preparing for a trails master plan process within the next year. To begin drafting up suggestions to examine, we want to know what various users like YOU are looking for from Lower Hixon Forest (area bounded by golf course - Hwy FA - Bliss Rd).
1. What do you like most about Lower Hixon?
2. What do you think most needs improvement?
3. What should the future of Lower Hixon Forest look like?
Please contact one of the below point people - all email and collected responses will be compiled anonymously.
Skiing/snowshoeing - Scott Cooper (email@example.com);
Running/hiking – Tyler Heinz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Biking/Families – Jed Olson (email@example.com);
Neighborhoods – GENA/others=Jacob Sciammas (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Bluffside=Isaac Pischke (email@example.com) .
Conservation/Preservation - George/Fred (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nature's Place To Play
The 7 Rivers Region is a mecca for outdoor recreational opportunities. Man and nature collaborate on an infrastructure that forms the ultimate authentic playground. The Outdoor Recreation Alliance of the 7 Rivers Region invites you to experience our multi-faceted outdoor recreational opportunities, with breathtaking vistas and authentic terrain, and discover why it truly is Nature's Place to Play.
Between River and Sky:
A UW-L Ecocritical Literary Anthology for Myrick Park, the La Crosse Marsh, and Hixon Forest
Students in UW-L’s Environmental Literature course chose the literary works for this anthology after hearing from community speakers representing La Crosse Parks and Recreation, Friends of the Marsh, and The Outdoor Recreation Alliance. Students then composed their own synthesizing annotations to help explain how they thought each piece might help us to reconsider important environmental questions pertinent to our local parks. The title of the anthology, composed by the students, is meant to evoke La Crosse’s unique sense of place, nestled between the Mississippi River—which has been so vital to the historical development of La Crosse—and the sublime heights of the windy bluffs.
"Together We Will Make a Difference" ~ Kurt Schroeder, ORA President