Sioux City Journal Picture: A rendering is shown of the Stockyards Plaza, set for construction in 2019 . Organizers exceeded their $1.19 million goal, raising nearly $1.26 million for the development of a 3.63-acre park on the southwest corner of what was once the Sioux Falls Stockyards.
Inductees Co-Chair Dana Dykhouse and Jim Woster are involved with the project. Read their stories of excellence at sdexcellence.org
Sioux City Journal: — The Stockyards Ag Experience outdid itself with a fundraising campaign for the outdoor plaza portion of the Stockyards museum in Sioux Falls.
The project exceeding its $1.19 million goal for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Community Appeal, raising nearly $1.26 million, which will go toward the development of a 3.6-acre park on the southwest corner of what was once the Sioux Falls stockyards. The project compliments the Ag Experience Barn and Stockyards museum across the street at Falls Park.
The plaza will walk visitors from “pasture to plate” through areas that talk about cultivating, raising, tending and celebrating farm-grown food. The plaza is meant to honor the community’s agricultural roots by interpreting the history of the stockyards while celebrating the impact of contemporary agriculture.
There will be a picnic shelter and public restrooms designed with a farmyard theme.
“The Stockyards Ag Experience Plaza will have a transformative effect on Falls Park and the entire Sioux Falls Area,” said Dana Dykhouse of First Premier Bank, who co-chaired the fundraising campaign. “The destination is a quality of life enhancement and will provide educational opportunities for all ages that honor our community’s agricultural history while serving as an important gateway into one of Sioux Falls’ more cherished areas – Falls Park.”
The Stockyards Ag Experience Barn, which opened last March, has welcomed guests from 47 states and nine foreign countries.
The total project budget for both phases of the project is $4.1 million. The Community Appeal and funds raised in the region have already contributed more than $2 million. Detailed planning is next, and the plaza should be constructed in 2019.