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Director's Message

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Dear Citizens of Sioux Falls, As we look back at 2019 it was a year that was full of firsts for our community in multiple ways. Some of those firsts were welcomed with open arms and others we would have definitely preferred they hadn’t happened. On a positive note 2019 was our inaugural year for the “Levitt at the Falls” concert series. With the completion of the Levitt Shell and the roll out of 30 free concerts for the community, the Levitt concert series “raised the roof” without a doubt. In our first year “Levitt at the Falls” drew more attendance than any other Levitt Shell Concert Series across the United States. That is quite a feat considering we are the smallest market with a permanent Levitt Shell venue. We joined seven other cities with a permanent Levitt Shell including Memphis, Los Angeles, Houston, TX, Denver, CO, Dayton, OH, Arlington, TX, Bethlehem, PA and Westport, CT. We can’t wait to see what 50 free concerts will continue to do for Sioux Falls by “Building Community through Music”, which is the mission of the Levitt Foundation. On a not so positive note, the year was riddled by historic flooding and tornados all within about 6 months of each other. So what did that mean for the park system? Trails and parks were closed along the Big Sioux River due to flooding and extensive tree and property damage along the Southern portion of our City due to the tornados. This was the first time since 1989 that Sioux Falls had a tornado touch down? Three F2 tornados touched down in the middle of the night causing extensive damage in parks like Yankton Trail, Spencer, Sertoma, and Tomar with mature trees shredded and/or uprooted. It was a non-stop level of tree clean up the entire year, some of which will carry over into 2020. Our parks and recreation team and many other city departments rolled up their sleeves and tackled the cleanup just like we always do in fine Sioux Falls fashion. On another positive note, Joe and Jennifer Kirby also stepped up in a big way by agreeing to fund a new dog park at Fort Sod. This park, located next to the Great Outdoor Store will be a huge hit with downtown residents. This park will be renamed “Kirby Dog Park at Fort Sod” in recognition of their very generous gift to the park system. Many thanks to the Kirby’s for their generous donation! We also saw Stensland’s Family Farms be selected through a request for proposal process to become new the concessionaire at the Midco Aquatic Center. Stensland’s will manage the Midco Aquatic Center concessions going forward, as well as continue to manage the Overlook Café in Falls Park. Those were the highlights of 2019 in your park system. We hope you enjoy the information contained in this annual report and we hope you have a great 2020! Thanks for your unending support for parks and recreation in Sioux Falls!

Sincerely,

Don Kearney Director of Parks and Recreation


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Officials

The Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Board is a seven-member board. Each member is appointed for a five-year term and is eligible for reappointment to a second consecutive five-year term. Members are appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. Officers are elected from the board and include the president, vice president, and secretary. Regular meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, with a quorum of four board members being necessary for a meeting. Members shall not hold any elective office in the government of the city. Duties include initiating, reviewing, and making recommendations for ordinances, policies, and rules governing the use of the city’s public parks, swimming pools, and other facilities including the golf courses. 2019 Mayor and Council Members Mayor Paul TenHaken Janet Brekke Christine M. Erickson Rick Kiley

Parks and Recreation Mission Statement To enhance the quality of life by providing safe and enjoyable experiences through people, programs, places, and partnerships. Parks and Recreation Vision Statement To provide a comprehensive mix of high-quality parks and recreation programs, facilities, and services that contribute to a quality of life that is unparalleled in the region. Core Values Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation is committed to this set of Core Values. These are our highest priorities, deeply held beliefs, and core fundamental driving forces. Adopting these values guides us in sustaining a thriving parks and recreation system for our community. • Collaboration—We believe in cultivating partnerships to maximize the quality of the parks and recreation system. • Resilience—We accomplish our goals by developing a resilient, committed workforce that can adapt and thrive. • Engagement—We promote a culture of interactive participation and authentic, respectful communication.

Greg Neitzert Marshall Selberg

• Excellence—We are passionate about the delivery of exceptional experiences in every aspect of our work to fulfill our mission and vision.

Curt Soehl Pat Starr

• Continuous Improvement—We focus on innovation to continuously improve our programs, facilities and services.

Theresa Stehly Parks and Recreation Board as of year end Lorrae Lindquist

President

Jim Stavenger

Vice President

Ann Nachtigal

Secretary

Mike Begeman Rick Weber Mick Conlin Todd Sundleaf Parks and Recreation Administration Don Kearney

Director

Kelby Mieras

Operations Manager

Sky Smothers

Recreation Manager

Jackie Nelson

Administrative Manager

Tory Miedema

Park Development Specialist

Mike Patten

Park Development Specialist

Nationally Accredited Parks and Recreation Agency CAPRA accreditation is a distinguished mark of excellence for park and recreation agencies and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community. The National Recreation and Park Association research team estimates that there are approximately 14,000 parks and recreation agencies nationwide, of which 1 percent, or 174, have earned national accreditation. Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation is proud to be one of these elite agencies since 2010.


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Director’s Message. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i Officials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Recreation Division. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2–8 Cultural Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Aquatics Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Athletics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7

Outdoor Ice Rinks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Community Centers/Enlarged Gyms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Special Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Bike Trail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Park System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Park Operations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Partnerships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-17

Sioux Falls Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Falls Overlook Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum & East Sioux Falls Historic Site. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Great Bear Recreation Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Levitt Shell Sioux Falls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Did You Know?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Park System Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Organizational Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12


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Overview

Parks and Recreation Statistics

2016

2017

2018

2019

Park Land Acres

3,178

3,190.5

3,349.3

3,346

75

75

77

76

Operating Annual Budget

$17,513,332

$18,108,812.15

$17,989,803

$19,539,085

Capital Improvement Annual Budget

$7,421,038

$3,962,450

$6,819,800

$6,039,800

77.79

78.21

78.94

79.81

178,500

183,200

187,200

190,750

Parks and Recreation Full-Time Employees

City Limits Area (Square Miles) Population Estimate Developed Parks

2018

2019

2018

2019

Regional Park

12

11

Developed Acres

2,469.54

2,633.2

Community Park

18

14

Undeveloped Acres

364.0

183.5

Neighborhood Park

30

27

Golf Course Acres

470.45

470.45

Nature Park

5

5

Support Site Acres

31.64

58.8

Plaza Park

7

5

Total Acres

3,349.3

3,346

Greenway Park

8

4

School Parks

14

Acres by Type

Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Patrons

2018

2019

MidcoÂŽ Aquatic Center (indoor)

209,218

204,692

Aquatics (outdoor)

199,977

182,156

Athletic Events

972,918

975,904

10,977

8,632

Total Parks

80

80

Other Sites

2018

2019

Undeveloped Park Site

13

13

U.S.S. South Dakota Battleship Memorial

Support Site

3

3

Falls Park Visitor Center

207,234

193,281

Golf Course

3

3

Great Bear Recreation Park

42,891

38,933

Baseball Stadium

1

0

Great Plains Zoo & Museum

271,280

230,984

Community Center

5

5

Municipal Band Concerts

10,687

16,730

Enlarged Gym

3

3

Mary Jo Wagner Arboretum

9,756

18,252

Total Other

28

27

Outdoor Campus

100,000

100,000

Butterfly House

86,250

86,190

Community Centers and Gyms

204,220

192,628

Park Shelter Usage

55,036

62,269

Playground Programs

12,513

9,021

Outdoor Skating Rinks

12,873

8,297

Sioux Falls Golf - Rounds of Play

77,714

84,401

276,845

294,686

8,266

6,388

2,768,655

2,713,444

Special Events in Parks Wedding on Park Property Total Attendance

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Recreation Division

2019 Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Annual Report

The Recreation division of Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation provides recreational and educational programs and services as well as wellness programs aimed at enriching the lives of residents of Sioux Falls and surrounding communities of all ages and abilities. The Recreation division promotes health and wellness for all ages and abilities through the facilities it operates and program opportunities.

2019 Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Event Highlights Include: Artists in the Park

Family Fishing

Food at Fawick

Frosty Frolics

Fun Fit Days

The Great Cardboard Boat Race

Independence Day Celebration

Kids’ Art Show and Sale

Kids’ Cross-Country Meets

Kids’ Nite in the Park

Lazy 5K

Mondays at McKennan

Paddling Fair

Paws in the Park

Playground Program

Pop Up Park at Phillips Plaza

Road Races for All Ages

Senior Games

Senior Bike Trail Tours

Storyland Children’s Theater

Summer Development Track

Swimming Gone to the Dogs

Theater in the Parks

Tot Lot

Track and Field Clinics for all Ages

Touch-a-Truck

Youth Triathlon

Tot Lot

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Attendance

3,050

2,620

1,244

1,814

1,531

2

2

2

2

2

Special Event Attendance

1,650

1,580

638

698

517

Number of Special Events

8

10

6

6

6

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

17,859

14,902

9,944

10,700

7,490

25

27

15

15

15

Number of Locations

Summer Playground Program Attendance Number of Locations


Cultural Arts

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Theater in the Parks

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Attendance

2,795

2,536

2,634

3,369

2,109

Rain Dates

0

1

0

0

0

Performances

17

18

16

18

15

Storyland Children’s Theatre

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Attendance

21,163

20,700

21,588

14,785

12,695

Rain Dates

2

1

1

2

7

Performances

30

31

31

31

24

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

18,000

19,700

14,368

10,687

16,730

35

33

23

22

26

Municipal Band Attendance Concerts

Mondays at McKennan

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Attendance

3,152

4,248

6,357

6,055

5,415

Rain Dates

0

0

1

0

0

Performances

6

8

8

8

8

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Aquatics

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Aquatics

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Outdoor Swimming Lessons

2016

2017

2018

2019

Enrollment

2,184

1,546

1,444

1,335

186

170

170

170

$40,610

$28,880

$26,965

$23,717

Total Classes Available Lesson Revenue Indoor Swimming Lessons

2017

2018

2019

Enrollment

1,685

1,739

1,452

174

196

196

$51,705

$73,880

$61,305

Total Classes Available Lesson Revenue Swim Pass Sales (By Year)

*

Summer Passes

Fall/Winter/Spring Passes

Annual Passes

*Pass structure change

Pool Attendance

2016

2017

2018

2019

Midco Aquatic Center

44,164

219,055

209,218

204,692

Drake Springs Family Aquatic Center

62,852

48,289

45,910

47,898

Frank Olson Pool

23,319

13,278

14,827

16,627

Kuehn Pool

31,926

26,668

37,553

25,942

Laurel Oak Family Aquatic Center

49,041

36,528

38,510

36,723

McKennan Wading Pool

25,196

18,001

19,509

14,223

62,846

43,167

43,668

40,654

299,344

404,986

409,195

386,759

Pioneer Spray Park Terrace Park Family Aquatic Center Total

Pool Attendance Totals Per Year

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Athletics

Athletic Partners Participants

2019 Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Annual Report

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Adult Soccer

581

605

660

811

811

Adult Softball

5,100

4,785

4,191

4,595

4,260

Amateur Baseball

50

50

50

50

50

Lacrosse

276

215

168

160

116

Rugby

N/A

N/A

N/A

400

400

Swim Teams

216

220

245

277

399

2,296

1,893

1,484

1,165

1,114

93

106

113

113

115

Youth Baseball

3,964

4,001

3,460

3,392

3,341

Youth Football

2,301

2,665

2,652

2,862

2,935

Youth Soccer

6,331

6,800

6,740

6,100

5,000

Youth Softball

3,492

4,690

3,896

3,640

3,709

24,700

26,030

23,659

23,565

22,250

Participants of Athletic Programs Offered by Parks and Recreation

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Adult Basketball

1,070

920

1000

830

860

Adult Kickball

1,116

900

774

667

612

Adult Sand Volleyball

608

496

440

408

536

Adult Winter Volleyball

2,000

2,112

1,888

1,864

1,824

Track

2,372

3,508

2,082

1,318

2,211

152

156

196

233

172

7,515

8,251

6,450

5,320

6,215

Tennis Ultimate Frisbee

Total Participants Program participation only, does not include tournaments.

Youth Triathlon Total Participants


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Outdoor Ice Rinks

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Outdoor Ice Skating

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

18

43

41

64.5

60

Total Skate Days

60

8,297

Ice Skating Attendance*

Number of Ice Skating Days

◆ 2 Outdoor Hockey Rinks ◆ 6 Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks Rink Attendance

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

Campus

826

281

870

1,070

849

Frank Olson

837

408

883

1,047

632

McKennan

696

705

1,346

1,507

1,238

Memorial*

1,595

1,743

3,473

4,520

2,010

Sherman*

530

712

1,279

1,629

1,269

Tuthill

1,106

1,776

3,000

3,100

2,299

Total

5,590

5,625

10,851

12,873

8,297

*Hockey Rink Location


Community Centers/Enlarged Gyms

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Community Center & Enlarged Gym Attendance

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Kenny Anderson Community Center

41,318

41,511

36,778

35,777

32,853

Kuehn Community Center

38,244

40,655

38,690

31,464

32,251

MariCar Community Center

22,845

27,310

31,187

28,799

23,935

Morningside Community Center

70,920

70,897

64,435

63,860

60,638

Oyate Community Center

30,016

31,618

26,957

27,621

26,624

John Harris Enlarged Gym

1,059

818

538

N/A

N/A

Laura Wilder Enlarged Gym

5,285

5,680

5,680

5,793

5,602

Memorial Enlarged Gym Middle School*

3,336

4,472

2,032

2,024

2,195

Terry Redlin Enlarged Gym

5,680

4,778

4,005

4,484

4,477

Fred Assam Enlarged Gym

6,458

6,233

5,335

4,389

4,053

225,161

233,972

215,637

204,220

192,628

Total Attendance *Used Only for League Play

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Events 10 Special

2019 Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Annual Report

Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation plays a major role in the success of some of the city’s best known events. The department is primarily responsible for facility and park rentals, and assists event organizers in navigating the City’s special events application and permitting process. The public reserves Parks and Recreation facilities for family celebrations, sports activities, classes, corporate functions, and leisure activities. A special event application is required for events or activities that are open to the public, held outdoors on public property, a city street, downtown, or in a city park. An application must be received no later than sixty (60) days before a proposed event. Our goal is to assist the event planners in coordinating the services needed from the City of Sioux Falls to ensure the event is safe and successful. Top Special Events Based on Attendance Avera Race Against Breast Cancer

Hot Classics Nights

Susan G. Komen—Race for the Cure

Festival of Cultures

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

Festival of Bands Parade

JazzFest

Germanfest

Great Plains Balloon Race

Sidewalk Arts Festival

Parade of Lights

Riverfest

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Sioux Falls Marathon

Sioux Falls Pride

Citywide Special Events Event Applications Processed Estimated Attendance Number of Parks Utilized as Host Site

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

126

113

88

94

111

450,074

402,223

306,840

276,845

294,686

108

82

68

72

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Bike Trail

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Greenway Recreation Main Trail Loop

Section Miles

Falls Park to Tenth Street

.89

Tenth Street to Cliff Avenue Bridge at 13th Street

.63

Cliff Avenue Bridge to 18th Street Bridge

.93

18th Street Bridge to 26th Street

.68

26th Street to Cliff Avenue Bridge to Minnesota Avenue Bridge

1.87

Cliff Avenue Bridge to Minnesota Avenue Bridge

1.31

Minnesota Avenue Bridge to Western Avenue Bridge

1.26

Western Avenue Bridge to 41st Street Bridge

1.36

41st Street Bridge to Golf Course Bridge

1.42

Golf Course Bridge to 12th Street

.70

12th Street to Madison Avenue

1.05

Madison Avenue to Russell Street

.50

Russell Street to Maple Street Bridge

.49

Maple Street Bridge to Minnesota Avenue

3.15

Minnesota Avenue to Falls Park

2.89

Total Main Trail Loop Miles

19.13

Paved Trails Main Bike Loop

19.13

Falls Park to Lien Park

1.25

Beadle Greenway

1.30

Pasley Park Entrance to 49th Street

1.54

Diamond Creek Trail Spur

0.50

57th Street to RR Bridge

0.43

Oxbow Greenway

0.43

Dunham / Legacy Spur (west bank)

4.80

Cherry Creek Trail Corridor (Skunk Creek)

1.25

Veteran Parkway Trail

4.22

Total Spur Miles

34.85

34.85

Total Recreational Trail Miles

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Park System

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No.

Indoor Volleyball Courts

No.

Bakker Park

1

Fred Assam Enlarged Gym

3

Beadle Greenway Park

1

Kenny Anderson Community Center

3

Bryant Park

1

Kuehn Community Center

3

Dan Dugan Park

1

Laura Wilder Enlarged Gym

3

Dunham Park

1

MariCar Community Center

3

Emerson Park

1

Memorial Middle School

3

Morningside Community Center

3

Outdoor Basketball Courts

Galway Park

0.5

Glenview Park

1

Oyate Community Center

3

Heritage Park

1

Terry Redlin Enlarged Gym

3

Lacey Park

1

Total

29

Lewis Park

1

Linwood Park

1

Pickleball Courts

No.

Lion’s Centennial Park

1

Riverdale Park

Marion Park

1

McKennan Park

0.5

Sand Volleyball Courts

6 No.

Type

Meldrum Park

1

Cherry Rock Park

4

League/Picnic

Pioneer Park

1

Dunham Park

1

Picnic

Prairie Trail Park

1

Elmwood Park

1

Picnic

Riverdale Park

1

Kuehn Park

1

Picnic

Spellerberg Park

0.5

Lewis Park

1

Picnic

Terrace Park

1.5

Riverdale Park

4*

League/Picnic

Thelin Park

1

Spencer Park

2

Picnic

Tomar Park

1

Spellerberg Park

1

Picnic

Town One Park

1

Tomar Park

1

Picnic

Whittier Park

1

Total

Total

24

Indoor Basketball Courts

No.

Fred Assam Enlarged Gym

2

Kenny Anderson Community Center

2

Kuehn Community Center

2

Laura Wilder Enlarged Gym

2

MariCar Community Center

2

Morningside Community Center

2

Oyate Community Center

2

Terry Redlin Enlarged Gym

2

Total

18

16

*6 Pickleball Courts are also available.

Tennis Courts

No.

Type

Frank Olson Park

3

Asphalt

Kuehn Park

8

Concrete

10*

Concrete

Lewis Park

2

Concrete

McKennan Park

8

Concrete

Menlo Park

2

Asphalt

Pioneer Park

1

Concrete

Spellerberg Park

2

Concrete

Terrace Park

2

Concrete

Tomar Park

2

Concrete

Laurel Oak Park

Total *2 Regulation Courts/8 Quick Start Courts

40


Park System

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Softball Fields

No.

Age

Type

Burnside Park

3

Youth/Adult

Slow-Pitch

Cherry Rock Park

2

Youth

Fast-Pitch

Dunham Park

20

Youth

Fast-Pitch

Frank Olson Park

11

Youth

Fast-Pitch

Harmodon Park

8

Adult

Slow-Pitch

Kenny Anderson Park

4

Adult

Slow-Pitch

Kuehn Park/RHS

2

Youth/Adult

Slow-Pitch

McCart Park

10

Youth

Slow-Pitch

Morningside Park

2

Youth

Fast-Pitch

Sherman Park

9

Adult

Fast-Pitch/Slow-Pitch

St. Lambert Fields

2

Youth

Fast-Pitch

Total

73

Soccer Fields

No.

Age

Lion’s Centennial Park

12

Youth

Kenny Anderson Park

2

Youth/Adult

Memorial Park

2

Youth/Adult

Sherman Park

1

Youth/Adult

Spencer Park

12

Youth

Tomar Park

10

Youth/Adult

Yankton Trail Park

21

Youth/Adult

Total

60

*All soccer fields can accomodate Spring and Fall league play.

Multi-Use Sports Fields

No.

Sanford Sports Complex

10

Riverdale

3

Total

13

Baseball Fields

No.

Age

Elmwood Park

6

Youth

Harmodon Park

7

Youth/Adult

Jefferson Park

1

Youth

Pasley Park

7

Youth

Terrace Park

9

Youth

Kuehn Park/RHS

2

Youth

Total

33

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Operations 14 Park

2019 Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Annual Report

Other City Property Maintenance Once again throughout 2019, the City acquired an additional 199.74 acres of these properties, the City also re-evaluated some existing locations and reclassified them based on land usage. We currently sit at 2,129.63 acres of “other city property” within the estimated 75 square miles of the city. This translates to over 740 separate mowing locations throughout the City of Sioux Falls. Maintenance consists of mowing up to a 12 foot buffer where accessible, once every 7-10 days around storm drainage and detention ponds along with noxious weed control. On City-owned lots and right-of-way areas, maintenance consists of mowing the entire area weekly along with noxious weed control. City crews also take care of over 26 miles or around 51 acres of landscape medians that have over 3 acres of planting beds and over an estimated 17,000 different plant varieties. Maintenance consists of mowing weekly, plant care, shrub and tree care, spraying, irrigation repair and landscape feature maintenance. Vegetation Programs Nuisance Tree Program—Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Forestry manages street tree complaints for the City. All tree complaints are investigated and appropriate action is taken to maintain established clearance heights over streets and sidewalks. In 2019, 139 tree inspections were made. This program yielded a 93 percent compliance rate from the community after a notice of violation was delivered. Urban Forest Surveys—Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Forestry surveys the city for dead or diseased trees on street rightof-ways and private property. Project T.R.I.M. (Tree Raising Improvement Methods) Program—Sioux Falls Park and Recreation Forestry manages a cyclic program to survey street trees for established clearances over streets and sidewalks. In 2019, this proactive program yielded a 96 percent compliance rate from the community after a notice of violation was delivered to 3,066 property owners. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)—In 2018, EAB was found in northern Sioux Falls. It was the first confirmed infestation in South Dakota. The City of Sioux Falls began to mark selected ash trees susceptible to infestation in October. As a preemptive measure to slow the infestation of EAB, Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation implemented a multiyear plan for the removal of ash trees in public rights-of-way (parking strips) across the City. Untreated ash trees will be removed at no cost to the property owner. Ash trees targeted for removal were marked with a blue ”9.” Removal of marked trees began in January 2019, and was scheduled to proceed through Memorial Day 2019. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, no ash tree removals will be allowed. Tree removals will resume after Labor Day 2019. Forestry Report

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Removal of Diseased/Dead Trees—Street Trees

314

259

338

316

233

Removal of Diseased/Dead Trees—Private Trees

416

181

168

121

125

EAB Ash Tree Removal from Parks

530

458

EAB Street Tree Removals

1,947

Permits Issued for the Removal of Street Trees

51

40

39

50

41

Emergency Tree Removals

92

53

57

52

29

Arborist Licenses—City Licensing Program

44

40

38

60

65

Park Plantings

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

706 in 29 parks

615 in 30 parks

181 in 18 parks

201 in 17 parks

197 in 17 parks

Annual Flowers Planted

21,764

19,285

19,000

23,800

20,670

Perennial Flowers Planted

1,092

1,178

765

6,400

859

Nuisance Trees

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Complaints

240

165

200

126

168

In Violation

240

152

179

120

139

19

8

12

4

9

Trees and Shrubs Planted

Trimmed by City


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Sioux Falls Golf In January 2018, the City of Sioux Falls partnered with Landscapes Golf Management to operate the three public city courses that include Elmwood, Prairie Green, and Kuehn Park. Elmwood is the only 27-hole golf course in South Dakota & received a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2018 to give this historic course a more modern look. In 2019 Golfweek Magazine named Prairie Green the 2nd best public course in the state, but you will have to see why for yourself. Kuehn Park is the area’s only public executive course featuring a fast and fun par 30 track that is perfect for all skill levels. Sioux Falls Golf also provides year-round activities by hosting nearly 80 group outings, hundreds of lessons, numerous fun events, and around 50 banquet parties throughout the year. This is your city and these are your courses. For more information visit siouxfallsgolf.com.

Falls Overlook Cafe The quartzite building still standing on the east bank is the Sioux Falls Light and Power Company building, completed in 1908. The building housed three 500-kilowatt hydroelectric generators and used the dam and the millrace from the Queen Bee Mill. In subsequent years, the plant added additional coal-fired steam generators. The plant was abandoned in 1974 and donated to the City in 1977. Before remodeling took place to create the Falls Overlook Cafe, the building was in similar condition as when it was first constructed. The Falls Overlook Cafe serves a variety of family-friendly foods, ice cream, and beverages. Reservations are available for private events. Guests can enjoy dining inside and outside with a view of the falls. Historic exhibits are displayed inside the building. The Falls Overlook CafĂŠ opened in 2005 and operated under a management agreement between the City of Sioux Falls and Stensland Family Farms.


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2019 Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Annual Report

Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum & East Sioux Falls Historic Site The City has an agreement with the Wegner Arboretum Society to manage the 145-acre site. The Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum and East Sioux Falls historic site is an accredited arboretum featuring colorful gardens, wetlands, natural plants, and nature trails. The City performs all grounds maintenance and building repair and maintenance. The Society provides year-round activities, including group outings, picnics, site tours, weddings, education classes, and facility rentals. In 2019, the Arboretum welcomed 18 first through fifth grade field trips with about 1,200 children! They held 31 special events including business retreats, weddings, park awareness events, chamber mixer and celebrations. Offered 25 different classes and two days of summer camp for 10 weeks of preschool to fourth grade students. They hosted 6 nursing home tours and partnered with 5 community groups. To learn more about the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, visit maryjowegnerarboretum.com.

Great Bear Recreation Park Great Bear is more than the hub of outdoor winter recreation in Sioux Falls, with 220 acres, 14 downhill shi and snowboard trails, 12 snow tubing lanes, and four miles of hiking trails to explore Great Bear activity never stops! Great Bear also plays host to a wide variety of organized events ranging from weddings, receptions and company outings. In addition to these events, the use of the park by the general public continues to grow as people escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a relaxing hike or jog on the Wallin Nature Trail System. To learn more about Great Bear Recreation Park, visit greatbearpark.com.


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Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is owned and operated through a partnership between the City of Sioux Falls and the Zoological Society. The City of Sioux Falls owns the infrastructure, land, and all assets associated with the Zoo and Museum and maintains the grounds in and around the facility. The Zoological Society operates the facility, manages the animal collection, and maintains the grounds within the exhibit. In addition, the Society is a nonprofit organization that serves as a fundraising arm for the facility to help further the mission of the Zoo. The Great Plains Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and features over 1,000 animals from 137 species. The 45-acre park offers up-close views of animals often not found in larger zoos, including giraffes, tigers, rhinos, and a national award winning Snow Monkey exhibit and an expanded Brown Bear exhibit, enhancing the user experience. The Zoo also includes the Delbridge Museum of Natural History, a one-in-the-world collection of 150 mounted animals including 38 “vanishing species.� To learn more about the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, visit greatzoo.org.

Levitt Shell Sioux Falls The Levitt Shell Sioux Falls is a professional outdoor music venue located downtown in Falls Park west. Through an agreement with the National Levitt Foundation, The Friends of Levitt Sioux Falls and the City of Sioux Falls, the Levitt at the Falls opened in June 2019 and featured 30 free concerts. Featuring artists of various genres, 50 free concerts will be produced each summer going forward allowing the Levitt to foster social interactions and musical offerings among people of all ages and backgrounds. To learn more about the Levitt at the Falls, visit levittsiouxfalls.org.


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2019 Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Annual Report

ADMINISTRATION 2019 SUMMARY Parks and Recreation (which includes park operations, recreation programming, park development, and administration) has 76 full-time employees. Park Operations includes park maintenance, forestry, other City properties maintenance, and central services. Light mechanical repairs to equipment, scheduling of specialized maintenance equipment, distribution of supplies, and carpentry work are all functions completed by this team. Forestry crews perform tree trimming and removal throughout the park system, and enforce the street tree ordinance and nonparkland management, including downtown trees, boulevards, and drainage ways. The city is divided into four park districts, each having a District Supervisor who is accompanied by Park Caretakers (assigned as crew leaders) and Park Service Workers who assist with daily maintenance of the neighborhood and community parks located within their district boundary. Park Operations are supported by six other report-to-work locations (remote park shops) across the park system. Recreation Division oversees the Midco® Aquatic Center, five community centers, six ice rinks, five outdoor pools, one wading pool, three enlarged gyms, athletic programs, leagues, classes, programs, camps, fitness opportunities, theater, and concerts. The division consists of a Recreation Manager, four Recreation Program Coordinators, and five Recreation Program Specialists. In addition, an Administrative Manager supervises a Recreation Program Coordinator and a Recreation Program Specialist responsible for marketing, community outreach and citywide special events. The Parks and Recreation administration office, at 231 North Dakota Avenue, is the headquarters for park operations, park planning, administration, and recreation division personnel. ADMINISTRATION 2019 HIGHLIGHTS PLANNING • 2020–2024 Capital Improvements Program was presented to the Parks and Recreation Board, Mayor, and City Council for approval. • Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan was updated and will be presented for approval by the Parks and Recreation Board and City Council in early 2020 • Continued property acquisition for the Cherry Creek bike trail corridor in northwest Sioux Falls and Big Sioux River trail corridor in northeast Sioux Falls. • The following cyclic programs were updated to help in planning for future capital projects and maintenance: • Park Roads and Lots Maintenance Program • Play Court Cyclic Maintenance Program • Bike Trail Maintenance Program • Internal Park Trail Maintenance Program • Play Structure Maintenance Program • Updated master plans for Yankton Trail, Tomar, Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, and Fort Sod Parks PARTNERSHIPS • Farmers Market— Allows Falls Park Open Air Shelter to be used by Downtown Farmers Market Inc. on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1 through October 31. • SD Junior Golf Foundation MOU— Allows the S.D. Junior Golf Foundation access and use of Elmwood golf course facilities for First Tee participants. The Foundation will provide and administer golf instruction and/or classroom instruction incorporating The First Tee Life Skills and Golf Experience curriculum. GIFTING AGREEMENTS • Sunscreen— An agreement with Dakota Dermatology and Dr. Richard Friess to gift sunscreen products and dispensers to the City of Sioux Falls Outdoor Aquatic Facilities and golf courses. MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS • Falls Overlook Cafe— An agreement was negotiated with Stensland Family Farms, for the exclusive rights to operate, manage, market, and promote the Falls Overlook Cafe. • Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum— An agreement was negotiated with the Arboretum Society, allowing the Society to manage the overall operation and function of the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum.


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DID YOU KNOW? Forestry: • There are 16,057 Maple trees along Sioux Falls streets. If we tapped every tree we would be able to produce 8,000 gallons of maple syrup a year. • Only 1.5% of Sioux Falls street trees are larger than 43 inches in diameter. Most street trees (23%) are between 13 – 18 inches in diameter. • The largest street tree is a maple with 150 diameter inches attributed to the one tree. • The tallest street tree found in Sioux Falls is a Cottonwood which is 100 feet tall. • If we cut every street tree in Sioux Falls and laid them end to end it would stretch 1,870,689 feet or 354 miles. That’s only 29 miles short of the entire state of SD East to West. • There are 3,484 street trees planted under overhead utility lines. Contact with overhead lines is the number one killer of people in the tree care industry. Which is why we shouldn’t put trees there. • Sioux Falls has been recognized as a Tree City USA by National Arbor Day Foundation since 1980. The most popular street trees along Sioux Falls streets are 1. Ash 41.5% 2. Maple 33.7% 3. Linden 6.7% 4. Honeylocust 3.6% 5. Elm 2.5% 6. Hackberry 2.2% 7. Oak 2.0% Harmodon Park: • 240 bags of quick dry are used in an average year to assist in rain events. • 350 gallons of field paint are used to paint foul lines on the grass in an average year. • 324 bags of chalk are used in an average year to chalk the infield lines in an average year. • Approximately 38 miles of chalk lines are placed on the baseball fields (not including tournaments) each year. • Approximately 57 miles of chalk lines are placed on the softball fields (not including tournaments) each year. • Harmodon baseball has 504 light bulbs lighting the 7 baseball fields • Harmodon softball has 304 bulbs lighting the 8 softball fields. Other Fun Facts: • 43 irrigation systems (blvd/median) are blew out every fall • Approx. 1,200 garbage/recycle cans • 102 Utility Vehicles • 16 11’ mowers • 26 72” mowers • There are 1700 total irrigation heads in District 3. That is more than; AT&T Stadium (Cowboys), CenturyLink Filed (Seahawks), Ford Field (Lions), Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Saints), Gillette Stadium (Patriots), Lucas Oil Field (Colts), MetLife Stadium (Giants/Jets), NRG Stadium (Texans), New Era Field (Bills), Paul Brown Stadium (Bengals), and US Bank Stadium (Gophers) combined. Or, 11 NFL stadiums! • Sertoma Park had 130 reservations this year. That is more than then the two shelters at Legacy Park combined in 2019. (Legacy Park reservations down due to flooding) Great Participation: • In a recent statistically valid survey, 95% of respondents indicated someone in their household used a park or facility offered by the Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department. This figure is 15% higher than the national average of 80%. • In a recent statistically valid survey, 43% of respondents indicated someone in their household participated in City/County Park Department recreation Programs. This figure is 10% higher than the national average of 33%.


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Recreation Program Specialist

Recreation Program Coordinator (Marketing Function) (Midmanagement)

Recreation Program Specialist

Recreation Program Coordinator (Midmanagement)

Recreation Manager (Midmanagement)

Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum (Contracted)

City Services Technician

Parks and Recreation Administrative Manager (Midmanagement)

Zoological Society (Contracted)

Park Service Worker

Park Caretaker

Park Development Specialist (Midmanagement)

Municipal Band Master (Contracted)

Park Maintenance Mechanic Park Supply Specialist

Park Central Services Supervisor (Midmanagement)

Administrative Assistant

Director of Parks and Recreation Appointive

Park Carpenter

Park Forestry Caretaker

Equipment Operator

Park Service Worker

District Park Supervisor (Midmanagement)

Great Bear Recreation Park (Contracted)

Park Caretaker

Park Service Worker

Park Forestry Supervisor (Midmanagement)

Golf Courses Management (Contracted)

Park Operations Manager (Midmanagement)

Mayor

Parks and Recreation Organizational Chart

Urban Forestry Specialist (Midmanagement)

Falls Overlook Cafe (Contracted)

Levitt Shell (Contracted)

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Parks Annual Report - 2019  

Parks Annual Report - 2019