Viewing Platform To Be Added To Falls Park

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The safety at Falls Park has been a hot topic of discussion recently. But Tuesday night, the city council approved a new viewing platform and railings to hopefully keep people out of the water.

Sioux Falls resident Ron Garber enjoys riding his bike through Falls Park. He, like many others, enjoy the openness of the park, but some of that could change with a new viewing platform and railing. 

“It’s such a beautiful place, I would hate to see a fence around it, restricting people from the access, I think that’s one of the bigger draws to the falls, it’s natural beauty, it’s what we have and it’s what we should keep,” Sioux Falls resident, Rob Garber said.

The lower area below the falls is where the viewing platform and railings will go, a project that will cost about $300,000.

“I really like the way it looks right now, I don’t want to change it, but however, if they put up railings around everything to keep people from falling or jumping in,” visiting Falls Park, Monte Hopkins said.

Monte Hopkins is visiting from Nebraska with his family. He can see how the new additions would help with safety, but is unsure whether it will help deter people.

“People are going to make mistakes anyways, you put up railings people are going to go over them anyways,” Hopkins said.

Overall, visitors just hope for the park to remain a hot spot to visit in Sioux Falls.

“I want other people to enjoy it as much as I do,” Garber said.

The money to pay for the new additions will come from a $1.7 million surplus from 2017. 

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