Sturgis Council to hire consultant to complete preliminary design for Sturgis Lakeside Adventure Park

Gary MatthewsMay 4, 2021Local
courtesy photoSupporters of the Sturgis Lakeside Adventure Park have placed signs around town hoping to gain more support.

STURGIS, S.D. – After years of work, the Sturgis Aquatics Committee presented their plan for the Sturgis Lakeside Adventure Park to the City Council last night.

With an initial cost of $3.55 million dollars, a lot still needs to be considered before any work begins on the project, which will be located at the Sturgis Fairgrounds property.

The council unanimously approved the committee’s request to hire a design consultant to complete preliminary design for the project.

Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen says this is a transition point between the Aquatics Committee and the city council. He says as they move forward, a look at the true cost of the project will be part of the plan.

“There’s going to be a lot of work ahead for the council. We are really in the infant stages when it comes down to any final decisions that we  could be making. As that happens, I think it’s important to note that in order to start diving in that deep, we have to look at the what the true  cost could be, and in order to do that, we need to hire someone to take us to that first step.”

The Aquatics Committee has said a majority of the cost of the project, or approximately $2 million dollars, could be made up by setting up a Tax Increment District on homes that could be built on the property. Fundraising efforts would account for another $365,000.

Committee members also believe the Adventure Park’s operating costs will be covered by revenue made by ticket sales, concession sales and equipment rental fees.


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