Watertown City Council approves an additional one million dollars in funding for development of new downtown park (Audio)

May 17, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–The Watertown City Council has voted to go “all in” financially on the development of a new downtown park.

The park, to be known as Foundation Plaza, will be sandwiched between Kemp Avenue and County Fair Foods, or just east of the Community Foundation offices.

On Monday night, the council voted to spend another one-million dollars on the project, bringing the total pricetag to just over three million dollars.

The park will include playground equipment, a stage, artificial turf, restrooms, and a skating rink in the winter. It’s the rink that’s the spendy add on, costing an extra half-million dollars.

Councilman Michael Heuer has been on a committee developing plans for the park…

Councilwoman Beth Mantey….

Councilman Dan Albertsen believes this new park is worth the additional one-million dollar investment that was approved Monday night…

Public Works Director Heath Von Eye says the plan is to break ground on the project this year, but it won’t be completed until 2022.