Deadwood Committing $1 Million to 2 New City Park Projects
DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — The Old West gambling town of Deadwood is working on two new city parks.
City Planner Bob Nelson Jr. tells the Rapid City Journal the parks will blend "the historic and the contemporary."
The 2-acre South Gateway Park will be adjacent to the Mickelson Trail and will overlook small waterfalls on Whitewood Creek. Mayor Chuck Turbiville says the area right now is "blighted."
Powerhouse Park also is near the creek and the trail. It will pay tribute to a plant that once powered a trolley between Deadwood and Lead.
The city has committed $1.2 million to the parks project, including some state funding and some money from a local historic preservation group. The parks are expected to be ready by fall.
Deadwood draws about 2 million tourists each year.
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