- Associated Press - Saturday, April 25, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Officials in Sioux Falls are expected to spend upward of $1 million to upgrade five city parks they believe need it most.

The Argus Leader reports (https://argusne.ws/1ErICt7 ) Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation plans to renovate five parks in the northern and central parts of the city that could use extra attention.

Much of the work will include replacing or adding playgrounds, basketball courts and picnic shelters. Lighting and drainage improvements are also on tap for a couple of parks.

Mayor Mike Huether challenged the parks department to deviate from its typical cycle of improvements and identify some parks that could use upgrades sooner rather than later.

Park Development Specialist Tory Miedema says increasing safety standards and aging equipment are the primary reasons for replacing playgrounds at four of the parks.



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