Proposed ‘Nehostó Art Park’ project links Riverside North to River Point District

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The La Crosse Arts Board is painting a picture of what a new project could bring to Riverside North.

Nehostó is a Ho-Chunk term for ‘waters come together,’ and the name of the proposed sculpture park linking the north end of Riverside Park to the River Point District.

What makes this park unique from others is it would be the first area in the city with a name representing the Ho-Chunk Nation.

The Arts Board says it received permission from Ho-Chunk elders to use the name.

The goal is to create a space that will accommodate innovative, contemporary sculpture by regional and national artists and a place for people to view art from a new perspective.

“We hope that it is a place where people can come and discovered sculpture in a different way than the sculpture we have right now,” said Jennifer Williams, board member.

The Arts Board first recommended a proposal for a sculpture park in January.

Later this month a detailed proposal will go to the Board of Parks Commissioners for review.