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Compromise could spare some stone pathways in historic park

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- City officials have reached a compromise with neighbors of an historic Sioux Falls park over removal of reddish stone pathways. The city this summer plans to upgrade the century-old park that's on the National Register of Hist...

SIOUX FALLS (AP) - City officials have reached a compromise with neighbors of an historic Sioux Falls park over removal of reddish stone pathways.

The city this summer plans to upgrade the century-old park that's on the National Register of Historic Places, to make the grounds more accessible to people with disabilities.

Architects called for removing some of the quartzite rock pathways and replacing them with concrete, but Sioux Falls' Board of Historic Preservation rejected the plan last week. The rock pathways were constructed in the 1930s, and the Terrace Park Neighborhood Association objected to their removal.

Initially, two stone pathways were set to be removed.

A compromise was reached late last week that calls for some of the pathways to be spared, The Argus Leader reports.

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"In a perfect world, would I like to keep more of it? Sure. But I think we walked away pretty happy today," said Nancy Tapken, Terrace Park Neighborhood Association president. "Everyone can live with it."

The Historic Preservation board will decide on the plan at a special meeting Wednesday.

Tory Miedema, park development specialist for the city, and Tapken both expect the amended improvement plan will get the board's approval, which the city needs before any work can be done due to Terrace Park's designation in the Registry of Historic Places.

Officials wanted to start construction on Terrace Park this year to mark the park's 100th anniversary. Work is slated to continue through 2020.

If the plan is approved, construction will begin June 20.

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