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Harrisburg Central Park Plan In Place

February 27, 2012, 6:03 PM by David Brown

Harrisburg Central Park Plan In Place
HARRISBURG, SD - A site plan for the new Harrisburg Central Park is complete. The project would bring new softball and baseball fields, as well as a pool near Liberty Elementary School.

The population of Harrisburg is growing quickly and so are the plans to provide more activities for the city's residents.

"We had a five-year goal to get where we are today, having a park concept and a phase plan," Harrisburg Days Foundation president Jay Ugofsky said. "We did it in three."

Ugofsky says despite the city's recent population boom, having a centralized park can separate Harrisburg from bigger areas like Sioux Falls.

"Many small towns have that central park feel that lets everybody combine together and celebrate events, celebrate sporting events, all that good stuff," Ugofsky said.

The four-phase plan would add tee-ball, softball and baseball fields, as well as a new pool and parking lots. Ugofsky estimates the total cost of the project is just shy of $8 million.

"We had people from all different programs that utilize that space today and all of them said one thing: 'We don't have enough room,'" Ugofsky said. "We have all these youth we're serving and just don't have enough room to support them."

Once the money is raised, Ugofsky believes it'll take five years for the entire park to built. But he says by that time, the park will be ready to provide for all the city's needs.

"A lot of the programs we're building this park for are going to be serviced by the youth," Ugofsky said. "And you see these families coming into town, they're looking for those specific things for their kids to get involved in. They want that quality of life."

Click on the picture above to see a larger image of the plans.

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