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“Grandma’s Gateway” trail project moves forward

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The La Crosse Board of Park Commissioners denied a public request to remove access points from a new mountain bike trail on the west side of Grandad Bluff.

One proposed access point to the trail is on 29th St., and people who live on the street said it will cause an increased risk in pedestrian and vehicle accidents.

La Crosse Parks and Recreation Director Jay Odegaard said the 29th St. access point will attract hikers and mountain bicyclists on foot and bike--not in their cars.

"This access route is truly meant and intended for people that live in that neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhoods to be able to be able to access the Grandmas Gateway without having to get into a car and drive up to the top of the bluff," Odegaard said.

Odegaard also said creating public trails prevents people from creating "rogue trail" or going off-trail on their own-increasing safety.

Outdoor Recreation Alliance organizers said they've been working on the new trail project for over five years.

Concerned neighbors of the new trail said they encourage outdoor recreation, but they wish the city would have informed them of the plan sooner.

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