WHNA’s Vision Statement: The Weigent-Hogan Neighborhood Association works collaboratively using open communication with residents, property owners, business owners, the City of La Crosse and other organizations to sustain a healthy, safe, well-maintained neighborhood and a vibrant sense of community.
To learn more about neighborhood associations and WHNA, explore the Q and A section below.
What is a neighborhood association?
A neighborhood association (NA) is a group of residents or property owners who advocate for or organize activities within a neighborhood. An association may have elected leaders and voluntary dues.
Why are neighborhood associations important and how can one help me?
Neighborhood associations are a way for residents of a defined area (neighborhood) to meet and help guide the the future of that neighborhood. Neighborhood associations help the voices of the neighborhood residents be heard in the local government and can affect change within the neighborhood.
Why does a neighborhood association have authority to make decisions for the neighborhood?
The Weigent-Hogan Neighborhood association (WHNA) is a City of La Crosse recognized neighborhood association. Working with the City Planning Department and the Neighborhood Revitalization Commission, WHNA works to strengthen our residential area and to promote neighborhood businesses.
How big of an area is WHNA? Where are the boundaries?
As shown below, the Weigent-Hogan neighborhood exists from (west to east) West Avenue to Losey Boulevard and (north to south) Cass Street to Hwy. 33 (Jackson Street to State Road).
Click here to see the proximity of WHNA to the other La Crosse neighborhoods.
Where does the name Weigent-Hogan come from?
In naming our neighborhood, the city of La Crosse wanted to recognize two properties due to their association with community icons of historical significance and being recognizable landmarks within our boundaries.
“With the spread of residential development and an increasing population came a need for a new school. A number of locations were discussed, but geography and the willingness of successful grocery wholesaler James J. Hogan to donate land for the a school resulted in the selection of a site between Mississippi and Winnebago Streets, and East Avenue and 19th Street.”
Click here for the full story of James J. Hogan and the Hogan School from the archives of the La Crosse Public Library.
“Weigent Park is a lovely park on Cass Street (between 15th and 16th streets) that enhances the neighborhood with a softball field, tennis courts, playground equipment and green space. It was once the site of a public school building… The building was razed the summer of 1972 and the space was transformed into Weigent Park, which opened in 1977. The park was named for Walter “Babe” Weigent, retired athletic director and football coach at Central High School.”
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