- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls’ Board of Historic Preservation has rejected a city plan to remove some of the reddish stone pathways in Terrace Park.

The decision means park planners have to come up with a compromise, or delay the project until the City Council can weigh in, the Argus Leader reports (http://argusne.ws/1UkBEhE ).

City officials this summer plan to upgrade the century-old park to make the grounds more accessible to people with disabilities. Architects have called for removing some of the quartzite rock pathways and replacing them with concrete.

The rock pathways were constructed in the 1930s, and the Terrace Park Neighborhood Association objected to their removal.

Nancy Tapken, president of the association, said she thinks the preservation board saw the value in keeping the history of the pathways.

Tory Miedema, park development specialist for the city, questioned there should be deviation from the existing plans for the park. Miedema said that it would be unfair to start changing the master plan that was approved after working with neighbors and the State Historic Preservation Office based on a few people.

“We can provide accessibility for all, and not just people who are disabled, but limited mobility, elderly, little kids who tend to wander around,” Miedema said. “We wanted to make sure everybody can enjoy all of the areas of the park.”

According to Tapken, she and other neighbors would be willing to compromise on the plans for the park as long as protection for the existing quartzite pathways would be provided.

Officials wanted to start construction on Terrace Park this year to mark the park’s 100th anniversary. Work is slated to continue through 2020.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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