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New portion of Sandstone Park rec path officially open

June 23, 2018 GMT

SPEARFISH — A new portion of rec path is open in Spearfish.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday signified the completion of rec path in the Sandstone Hills Addition open space, connecting Windmill Drive and Stampede Drive to the rec path currently located at Sandstone Park. Kyle Mathis, Spearfish city engineer; Perry Mader, city parks and recreation director; Melissa Barth, Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce executive director; Randy Kittle, grants coordinator for South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks; and Trent Walters, city staff engineer were in attendance to see the path officially opened. City staff said that they are excited to see the completion of the connector path that creates a system for the neighborhoods and the park.

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“It adds to the outdoor quality of life that we already have here,” Barth said.

Previously, a dirt path existed in the space, which the city parks department mowed in the summer, and in April, the city council awarded the Sandstone Park Recreation Path Extension Project to Hemeyer Enterprises, Inc., the lowest responsible bidder, for $63,880.75. The project design was done in-house by city staff.

In March 2017, the Spearfish Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department applied for a Recreation Trails Program grant through South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks for a connector rec path in the open space of Sandstone Hills Addition, and in August, the rec department learned it had received a grant for that purpose, which pays for 80 percent of the project, not to exceed $65,000.

According to the state Game, Fish, and Parks website, the Recreational Trails Program provides partial reimbursement for approved trail projects. Eligible projects include construction of new public trails, rehabilitation of existing public trails, development of trail-related facilities, and educational programs that relate to recreational trails. Program funds come to the state through the Federal Highway Administration and are apportioned to states by Congress to fund both motorized and non-motorized public recreation trail projects. The amount of funds available is based upon the number of recreational vehicles licensed in each state.

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