Papa's Park Comes to LifeAugust 29, 2022 // South Dakota Fund Grants
The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) was pleased to partner with the city of Parkston. SDCF awarded them with a $20,000 South Dakota Fund grant. Funds provided partial support for the finishing touches necessary for their Papa’s Park project including sidewalks, benches, lights, landscaping, a picnic shelter, and a basketball court.
““With this very generous grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation, we can turn these goals into commitments to the citizens of our community and bring Papa’s Park to life!””Ryan J. Murtha, PE, McLaury Engineering, Inc, Papa’s Park Project Coordinator and City Engineer for the City of Parkston
We set out on the journey of making Papa’s Park a reality with three goals in mind: 1) To improve access to outdoor recreation facilities for all residents and visitors of Parkston, 2) To provide a safe area for children and adults to play and exercise, and 3) To provide a public park in an area of Parkston which is experiencing significant growth, particularly with young families, to reduce the concern of children traveling a longer distance to a park to play,” said Ryan J. Murtha, PE, McLaury Engineering, Inc, Papa’s Park Project Coordinator and City Engineer for the City of Parkston. “With this very generous grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation, we can turn these goals into commitments to the citizens of our community and bring Papa’s Park to life
The city of Parkston is experiencing growth including several young adults that grew up there as children that are now choosing to move back to town to raise their families. Papa’s Park is in a section of the community that does not have easy access to other public spaces in town.
Papa’s Park has been designed to include amenities for all ages,” stated Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “This park will encourage an active, healthy lifestyle for future generations of the Parkston community. The SDCF is proud to play a small role in its development
To learn more about funding opportunities offered by the SDCF, please visit our website at https://www.sdcommunityfoundation.org/
About the SDCF
SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 1,100 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2021 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/giving to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.