Improvements To Sioux Falls Park & Fishing Lake
by Tom Hanson, Anchor
July 30, 2013 10:54 PM
A different kind of park is being developed on the west side of Sioux Falls.
It's all thanks to a family owned construction company that is giving back to the community.
The Soukup family donated the land in 2009 and the city of Sioux Falls turned it into a park. This weekend the company will donate construction work to make improvements.
Mayor Mike Huether says the park is the first of its kind in Sioux Falls
“We're used to those normal parks with the softball fields and the baseball diamonds, and tennis courts, well this is a unique one, we're creating a wonderful outdoor fishing experience right in the heart of Sioux Falls,” said the Mayor.
Family Park is located on Tea Ellis Road just north of 12th Street. The 90 acres includes a lake filled with fish thanks to the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Department.
According to the Fishery Manager, Todd St. Sauver, fishermen are catching trout, bass, northern pike, catfish, bullheads and pan fish like crappie and bluegills.
“Since 2009 the the Game Fish & Parks has stocked over 73,000 fish into this park,” said St. Sauver.
Soukup Construction celebrated its 50th year in business in Sioux Falls.
Company President Jim Soukup says it's his family's way of giving back to the community that made them successful. This weekend the company will use its resources including workers and machinery to make improvements to the park. They will create more fishing jetties, lay down top soil for a future dog park, remove debris and build restrooms and picnic shelters along with other work.
"We put the call out and just asked for any employees that want to come out here on their Saturday, their time off, to come do some work here to volunteer their time, and I had over 50 people sign up, for this day out of 80 plus employees that tells you a lot about he employees who work for Soukup Construction," said Jim Soukup
Soukup Construction was started in 1963 by Carl and Marietta Soukup.
Family Park will be closed on Saturday while construction work is underway for safety reasons.