More parking around the bend for Deadwood event complex

January 11, 2019

DEADWOOD — With an ever-increasing amount of usage for the Deadwood event complex, which includes the Days of ’76 arena, Ferguson Field, and Keene Field, news of additional parking is always a plus.

Monday, the Deadwood city commission granted permission to hire Albertson Engineers for design and geotechnical services for event complex parking in the amount of $6,980 to be paid from a $50,000 donation from BY Development made over the summer, earmarked by the donor for parking enhancements at the complex.

The expanded parking will begin roughly at the playground area near the baseball fields and Deadwood parks department shop, follow the former track that winds around behind the fields, and over to the football field.

“This will provide soil testing and plans for some grading and a retaining wall around the track,” said Deadwood planning and zoning administrator Bob Nelson, Jr. “I think the estimated parking number is 80 spots, but the remainder of the funds will be spent on the grading and widening the entrance on the west end of the track by the parks shop. It’s 12-15 additional spots in the initial money, but we’ll have plans on the shelf, provided by BY Development.”

While the amount approved Monday is for preliminary project services, the entire project cost comes at an estimated $250,000 for the addition of 80 spots and $40,000 for the first 12-15 that are planned to be completed this spring.

“We’re going to widen that former track and we hope to do the first 300 or 400 feet this spring some time,” Nelson said. “The biggest event it will help early on is the Days of ’76 rodeo, pretty much any event down there. We’ve recognized the desire to have more parking for the facility when events are going on down there, especially when participants bring a lot of vehicles or equipment. For instance, SnoCross, Days of ’76, and even the Nitro Circus and PBR. When they bring their equipment in, it takes away from the parking onsite. We saw the opportunity to add parking with no impact on adjacent landowners or the facility itself, other than positive impact.”

The project includes a retaining wall, grading, and curb and gutter from the playground area at the west end of the complex, behind the baseball fields, and over to the football field.

“Beyond the first 300, 400 feet will depend on bonding that will transpire,” Nelson said. “The rest will go through the CIP process, but the plans will be there, ready to build.”

Nelson said the project will also decrease the maintenance on the area along the former track.

“Right now, a grass slope comes down from the adjacent landowners to the track, which requires seasonal help weed eating on the hill side,” he explained. “When we push it back, we’ll be able to mow it and we’ll also replace the trees that have been lost over the years in the event complex. The cottonwoods down there have been dying off one by one.”

While the first 12 to 15 spaces are planned for this spring, the remainder of the project will likely come in future years, as a number of large-scale projects identified in the Main Street Master Plan already have priority, at least through 2020.

“So, it’s a matter of funding,” Nelson said.

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