- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - City leaders in Pierre say they’ll discuss with state officials a plan for changes at Hilger’s Gulch park on the South Dakota Capitol grounds.

The initiative announced by Gov. Dennis Daugaard this summer would replace Kentucky bluegrass in the park with native grasses, trees and shrubs.

Daugaard’s goal is to reduce maintenance, chemical use and expenses, but opponents want the park left as it is.

Opponents on Tuesday went to the City Commission. Commissioners say they have differing opinions on the park plan, and they did not make a formal motion to request a meeting with the state. They did agree to talk with state leaders on a less formal level.

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