Copeland Park construction uncovers pieces of logging history

The construction project at Copeland Park is unearthing pieces of La Crosse’s history.

Renovations continue at the park, where the La Crosse Loggers are building a new entrance to the baseball stadium as well as expanding concession and rest room areas.

As it turns out, the stadium’s nickname of “The Lumberyard” is fitting in more ways than one.

Not only is it a reference to the team’s name, but it also sits on the site of an old lumber mill on the Black River.

General manager Chris Goodell says when crews started digging for the renovation project, they came across a reminder of that history.

“You start doing things like construction and building, you find remnants of lumber and ash and things coming up in the ground here,” said Goodell. “They found that, but obviously were able to work with it and build these beautiful brand new structures. But (it’s) all part of being a part of the Lumberyard, right? Literally, when we have Loggers baseball.”

Goodell says the project is right on schedule to be completed by Opening Day on May 30th.

In the mean time, other area baseball teams will still be able to use the field during construction, but fans will have to enter through a different part of the stadium.