SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A park in Sioux Falls is getting an upgrade, but it isn't your typical restoration project.

A $2.4 million project will move Sioux Falls' Rotary Park from one side of the Big Sioux River to the other, to make way for a road reconstruction, the Argus Leader reported .

Work began this month to relocate and reconstruct the park on the west side of the river.

The project is removing trees in the area to make space for new park features, including new trees and landscaping, a picnic shelter, restroom, playground and parking lot. These features will be installed starting in April, and the park is expected to be open to the public next fall.

The move is necessary in order to conduct a reconstruction project for Interstate 229 and 26th Street in 2019.

Parks Director Don Kearney said that the equipment in the existing park on the east side of the river will remain there through its life expectancy. Kearney said access to the park will be moved to the river's west side because of the building of a 26th Street bridge and a new pedestrian bridge that will connect both of the river's sides.


Information from: Argus Leader,