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New shelter coming to Railroad Park
In Muscoda
Railroad Park shelter
At the Railroad Park shelter, four grills, condiments, a selection of home-made sweets, etc., take up much of the shelter floor space, with diners in a nearby tent or at tables under the trees. The Legion hamburgers are well-known for their size with the meat freshly ground the morning of the event at Benders Foods meat department. It is then shaped into patties for grilling by volunteers. Among the cadre of veteran grillers last week were John Pedley, left, and Steve Kraak.

MUSCODA - Railroad Park in Muscoda will be the location of a new shelter. Last week, Troy Wardell, Village Superintendent, said some of the materials needed for the project had yet to arrive for construction of the facility.

The plan calls for a 30x60 ft. structure, the same size as the large shelter near the Victora Riverside Park boat landing.

Wardell said the project is a joint effort of the village, the Muscoda Chamber of Commerce and the Muscoda American Legion Post. He said the current Railroad Park shelter will be moved to Riverside Park and located in the “primitive camp ground”, a grassy area in the east part of the park often used by campers with tents.

The current Railroad Park shelter is the location for the American Legion “Burgers In The Park”, held on the last Wednesday evening of each month from May to October. The May event contended with a light rain during much of the evening with diners utilizing a tent adjoining the shelter.

The Legion” Burgers in the Park” began a decade ago as a small event that has grown in popularity to the point it serves as many as 800 burgers in an evening with a mixture of “dine-in” customers in a nearby tent, plus many carry-outs.

Moving a facility from Railroad Park to Riverside Park is not a “first time” event in Muscoda. Many years ago a bandstand that stood near the railroad tracks was moved to Riverside Park and located next to the campground for use as a picnic shelter.