GARRETSON, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials are seeking public input to direct the layout and use of a project to expand Palisades State Park near Sioux Falls.

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks met with Garretson residents Wednesday about their concerns and opinions on the expansion plan near the town. The department wants to double the 157-acre park’s footprint, as well as add 70 campgrounds, new amenities and recreational uses.

The park northeast of Sioux Falls is one of the smallest but busiest state parks. More than 90,000 people visit Palisades State Park each year.

Some residents suggested a bike trail running through the park, connecting to Garretson.

The town’s school board president, Shannon Nordstrom, says the trail could bring Garretson residents to the park and visitors to the town.

AP-WF-04-29-19

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