by Jill Johnson
August 26, 2014 4:33 PM
The City of Sioux Falls says Lyon Park is now a beautiful extension of downtown. The park just received a $360,000 renovation. While the park not only got a much needed facelift, steps to improve safety were also made.
Nicholas MacDonald says he recently moved to the All Saints Neighborhood because of it’s charm.
MacDonald said, “It’s right next to downtown and I love historical neighborhoods so I love older houses. I didn’t want to live in a house out on the far side of town and then I got lucky enough to land a job right downtown where I can walk to work.”
The neighborhood hasn’t always been this way. MacDonald says a lot has changed since he began going to the nearby park when he was 10-years-old.
“It was getting a bit run down. A lot of of the houses have been subdivided and it wasn’t exactly the best neighborhood lets put it that way,” said MacDonald.
The All Saints Neighborhood Association says in the past there were safety and security concerns at Lyon Park. Police couldn’t always see into the park because of a steep incline on the north side.
“Before it looked like an afterthought,” said All Saints Neighborhood Association President Katrina Lehr-McKinney.
Thanks to hundreds of thousands of dollars in renovations, the steep grade on 14th Street and Phillips Avenue has been softened.
Lehr-McKinney said, “The park is now welcoming and more inviting and as police officers or whoever is driving by, you can see into the park and you can see if there’s any problems going on rather than things kind of being hidden.”
The park has also since received historic lighting, a picnic shelter and new playground equipment. But what’s most exciting, they have a nice place to gather to share the neighborhood’s long history together.
“It’s always been a great neighborhood, but what I think we’re seeing now is people really take ownership of their properties.You just feel this warm, fuzzy feeling now that maybe wasn’t there 10 years ago,” said Lehr-McKinney.
Improvements were also made to preserve the historic nature of the park including planting beds in the shape of the old Lyon House that once belonged to the family who donated the land.
The neighborhood will be holding a celebration for the newly renovated park on Oct. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.
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