City Council Votes Unanimously on Falls Park Viewing Platform

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A near drowning just last weekend keeps safety at Falls Park a hot topic.

The Sioux Falls City Council discussed what to do with a $1.7 million surplus in the city’s capital fund Tuesday night.

A resolution on the table would allocate $300,000 of the surplus to build a viewing platform at Falls Park. The council voted unanimously to build the new platform at Falls Park.

City council member Pat Starr brought an amendment to the resolution, but that failed with no council support. However, Starr remained in favor of the passing funding for the viewing platform.

“I would have liked to see us hold off on the Falls Park, and maybe look at doing some more roads as we prioritize capital things, so we’ve moved passed that, and I’m going to be voting to support this now,” says Starr.

“I’ve been in the water after those kids. This is emotional to me. If 6 months from now somebody else goes in there, and we haven’t done something how are we going to sleep with ourselves,” says Sioux Falls Councilor Curt Soehl.

Councilors Soehl and Rick Kiley are still concerned about safety at the park, so they will be asking for a safety audit find out what more can be done.

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