Many Parks Still Open To The Public


While the recent flooding has made things difficult around KELOLAND, that doesn’t mean it’s washed away opportunities for fun.

Now, some parks around Sioux Falls are closed due to floodwater. But for those looking to get out this weekend, you’ll be happy to know that there are still plenty of parks around to be enjoyed.

While bike trails will be closed at noon Friday, the trail to the fun is wide open for the weekend.

“We’ve got 80 parks. There’s less than a dozen that are flooded or closed so, you know, find another way to enjoy our parks if you could,” Parks Operations Manager Kelby Mieras said.

Sertoma and McKennan are just a few of the parks that are still open. But you may still want to keep an eye out for ponding in some spots.

“There are still some flood waters around Sertoma park because a lot of the water, you know, from around the mall area flows through Sertoma park before it gets into the river,” Mieras said.

From some walking their dogs to taking the kids out for fun on the playground, people are already taking advantage of the nice weather.

“Once it starts getting nicer out anyways. And since the weather has been getting nicer and all the flooding is clear it was a quick pit stop to stop at the park and hope it wasn’t flooded, and everything’s nice,” resident Nixxi Stoops said.

“There’s a great walking loop out at Kuhen Park, I realize it’s out on the west side but it’s available. Just find other ways to recreate outside of the parks that are flooded,” Mieras said.

We have more water on the way, which is making some all the more eager to get out and have some fun before it comes.

Hofer: “How about you Damien, are you having a good time today?”
Stoops: “He wants to go play,” 
Hofer: “Alright, well I won’t keep you guys.” 
Stoops: “Thank you.”

Thousands of people use the Sioux Falls trail system, but how much debris is out there, and what actions are crews taking to clean up? Find out in Monday’s upcoming Eye on KELOLAND.

To see a list of all the parks that are closed, you can click right here.

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