A dog park is in the works for downtown Sioux Falls

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Downtown Sioux Falls is a dog-friendly area, however it’s lacking in green space for our furry friends. But that’s about to change. 

It’s a big announcement from Mayor Paul TenHaken for a new amenity in downtown.

“Thanks to the generosity of local philanthropists and downtown residents Joe and Jennifer Kirby, Fort Sod Dog Park will transform into the Kirby Dog Park,” TenHaken said.

There’s currently some green space at the corner of East 10th Street and 2nd Avenue, but the new park will have that and more.

“Featuring fencing, landscaping and amenities that blend well with the historic downtown, the park will be an incredible and much needed addition to the downtown neighborhood,” TenHaken said.

All of the dog owners we spoke with are excited.

“Yeah, I think it’ll be great. I’m sure it’ll bring a lot of people downtown, a lot of dog owners like myself,” dog owner Madisyn Weiss said.

They also agreed downtown is lacking in a place for the dogs.

“There’s like limited green space down here so it’ll be good to add some more for dogs and owners as well,” Weiss said.

People living in downtown say this just makes the area more of a destination for both people and pets.

“It’s apart of a lot of efforts that’s gone into making downtown a really cool spot to hang out,” dog owner Evan Tau said.

The project still needs a public meeting and approval by the city council.  Construction for the dog park is expected to start this fall.

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