The City of La Crosse is discussing what to do with the Myrick Park Center space.
The Myrick Park Center was built in 2009 solely on donations and was supposed to be the centerpiece of a new nature center but the project fell through last year and the main building reverted to the city.
In 2006 the city planned to transform the Myrick Park Zoo into a new type of animal park but that project never progressed.
Now the city is working to find a sustainable option to fill the space.
The city brought in a research group to organize sessions that allowed the public to make suggestions as to what should happen to the center.
The feedback from the research was clear.
The public wants to see from the center continue to focus on environmental education.
The space faces a lot of challenges, especially when it comes to overcoming it's not-so-successful past.
Public input made clear that transparency when moving forward is important.
A variety of ideas were tossed around for the space.
"A collaborative space between educational institutions such as UW-L, Viterbo, the La Crosse School District. Also we heard ideas around senior programing, senior fitness, classes, senior center activities, " Kerstin Boudreau, Myrick Park Center Research Director said.
These are just a few of the ideas that were discussed.
The city plans to continue to collect community input
City officials don't want to rush into a decision and plan to take the time needed to find a viable and sustainable vision for the space.