You can measure a city's success by looking at its growth, but if you look past the tall buildings, you'll see a key part of that is a family tradition.
Sioux Falls has more than 70 parks, including Family Park, a 90-acre fishing favorite. The Soukup family of Soukup Construction donated the land to the City four years ago and just gave it a long list of updates.
It doesn't take Carl Soukup long to remember why he loves Family Park.
"Well, I got home and I was telling my granddaughter about these fish. I said, 'You ought to see these big catfish they turned loose!' Well, she said, 'Grandpa, did they turn any dogfish loose?'" Soukup said.
But even if you don't catch anything at the Community Fishing Park, you'll go home with plenty of memories.
"It's very common to walk around the lake and you'll see a young mother with two or three children, and she'll be teaching them how to fish and they'll be fishing. They'll spend the morning and afternoon out here," Soukup said.
The Soukup family owned this land for years.
"It was a gravel pit and kind of a rough looking place," Soukup said.
Now it's a prime piece of land and water, a half mile north of 12th Street and Tea-Ellis Road. Four years ago, the Soukups gave this to Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation.
"It's different. There isn't quite a park like this in Sioux Falls," Soukup said.
That's why Soukup Construction workers are polishing up this gem. These men and women are working on the roads, repairing washouts and adding new fishing piers to the site.
"It was surprising, they started signing up, we were thinking about 30. Pretty soon it was 40, then it was 50, then yesterday they told me it was 62 or something coming out here. It's pretty rewarding," Soukup said.
" We rarely get an opportunity where a big construction company firm like that comes in, goes in and does a bunch of projects and does a massive action out there," Don Kearney with Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation said.
Soukup donated all of this work, which is worth $50,000. Kearney says gifts to the city, whether it's land, construction or volunteer work, save the Parks Department about $1 million every year.
"Parks are certainly a major quality of life issue for anybody that would want to re-locate to a community. It's one of the first things people with families look at," Kearney said.
Kearney says Family Park is undeniably valuable to the City of Sioux Falls, but as Soukup sees it, its worth goes for beyond any price tag.
"What's more fun for me is to see all the people out here. To come out here and see the parking lot about almost full on weekends on a nice weekend," Soukup said.
And as more families make memories here, that value will only grow.
Community contributions make up close to one-third of Sioux Falls' 75 developed parks.
Soukup says there are plans to keep adding to the park, including putting in a bike trail.