- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Two Sioux Falls parks have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Terrace Park and the Japanese Gardens are now part of a list with more than 80,000 properties selected by the National Park Service. The thousands of sites are considered “worthy of preservation.”

The parks and recreation department in Sioux Falls says the city purchased the 52 acres for Terrace Park for $15,000 in 1916. An outdoor amphitheater, a series of terraces and other features were added beginning in 1922, and an aquatic center was built in 1994.

The Japanese Gardens were constructed in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Today, the area features exotic flowers, arbors and pagodas.

Earning a spot in the National Register is the first step toward eligibility for federal preservation tax credits.

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