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Council asked to invest $5K in single-track bike park study
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

August 27. 2014 9:35AM
A Sioux Falls marketing and public relations firm, TSG Marketing, is taking the lead on creating destination mountain bike/single-track bike parks in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties, more specifically Brandon, Dell Rapids and Canton.

A true single-track bike path features challenging up and down hills, paths around logs, streams and different altitudes, according to project coordinator Randy Stratton.
Stratton told the Brandon City Council last week about a project that would not only bring a new recreational asset to the community, but says it would be of economic benefit, too.

“Young families when they’re moving and looking for jobs, they’re also looking for amenities and recreational activities,” he said.

While still in the infant stage, Stratton asked the City of Brandon to be a stakeholder in the project by investing $5,000 in the $30,000 regional study. Stratton said the study would take up to four months to complete and will focus on location, funding and development of the destination mountain bike/single-track bike park.

The Minnehaha County Commission is supportive of the plan, Stratton said, but is not investing in the study.

While no agreement is in place, Stratton said the Big Sioux Recreation Area will be looked at as a possible park location in Brandon.

“The Sioux River basin is really a key piece of that,” he said. “You can already see what it’s done for the City of Brandon.”

The proposed Canton park, he said, would fit in well with the trails at Newton Hills State Park and an already-developed cycle cross facility there.

A destination park, which Stratton is proposing, is a large park with a minimum of acre of 100 acres.

With the growing population base in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties, and national trends supporting more recreational developments, including mountain bike parks, Stratton said this area is prime for the project.

As the City Council begins it budget talks for 2015, the $5,000 study request will be considered.

“What you’re talking about is very exciting,” said Alderman Blaine Jones. “Where I work, we’re always trying to recruit young people. … This is exciting to see what this could do for our recruitment. But from a budget standpoint, we have to talk about it first.”
In other business, the Council:

• Discussed vandalism (spray painting) at the McHardy Park Soccer Complex, Brandon Elementary and on one resident vehicle.

“The people that were responsible for it were identified,” Police Chief Dave Kull said. “It was actually a private citizen that was responsible for reporting the illegal activity. They got the license plate number and we caught them with the spray paint cans in the car.”

• Approved the second reading of ICC/Property Maintenance Code and changes. Following publication of Ordinance #520, the new I-Codes will be effective as Sept. 16.

• Adjourned until their next regularly-scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.





A Sioux Falls marketing and public relations firm, TSG Marketing, is taking the lead on creating destination mountain bike/single-track bike parks in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties, more specifically near Brandon, Dell Rapids and Canton. Challenger file photo



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