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Parks

Hixon Forest Comprehensive Plan (2005) / City of La Crosse Planning Department
The City's comprehensive plan for Hixon Forest approved by the La Crosse City Council in 2005.

La Crosse County Historical Sketches, 1931-1955

How Cameron Park Came About / Charles H. Schweizer

Letter from Frank H. Nutter, Landscape Architect to Albert Wells Pettibone, Chairman of the Pettibone Park Commission written by Frank H. Nutter (1902)

This manuscript letter accompanies a map Nutter drew for the Pettibone Park Commission available from the site http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/WI/subcollections/LaCrosseLocHistAbout.html. Click “search the collection” and then put type Pettibone Nutter in the search box to get the proper result.

The Making of a Park System in La Crosse : Report / by John Nolen (La Crosse, Wis. : Inland Printing Co.), 1911.

Landscape architect and city planner John Nolen was hired by the Board of Park Commissioners to design the first master plan for the park system in the city of La Crosse. Published in 1911, this report includes the plans for Riverside (Levee), Copeland, Pettibone, Powell, Grandad, Coulee (Hixon Forest) and Hood Street parks. It was literally the blueprint by which the Park Board sought to purchase park property and beautify lands. A planting plan for Copeland and Riverside are included in the drawings.

Public Input on the Hixon Forest Comprehensive Plan : A Case Study / by Peter J. Harrison.

This 80 page academic paper, plus appendices, was written for a Master of Recreation Management degree at UW-La Crosse.  The author developed an impartial public input process to help create a comprehensive plan for all users of Hixon Forest, a public park owned by the city of La Crosse, WI.

Report on City Plan Covering the General Problems in their Relation to the War Memorial by John Nolen (1919)

A report commissioned by the City of La Crosse for John Nolan to create a proposed World War I memorial in La Crosse.  The accompanying maps to this report can be found by going to this site http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/WI/subcollections/LaCrosseLocHistAbout.html and then scrolling down to click on the canned search for John Nolen materials.

Riverside Park Revitalization / Gary Urban

Riverside Park in La Crosse, WI was originally designed by the notable landscape architect and city planner John Nolen in 1911 and constructed in 1912. This University of Wisconsin Senior Landscape Architecture senior thesis from 1994 fully documents a revitalization project for Riverside Park. It includes a site inventory, site analysis, precedents on other park revitalizations, project goals, design concept, maps, plans, drawings, and a bibliography.

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