Funding available for community walk audits

The South Dakota Department of Health recently announced the availability of funding for community walk audits.  This funding ($3,000 – $5,000) can be used by South Dakota communities to launch healthy community design efforts to improve walkability. By assessing the built environment through walk audits – easy, doable assessments – communities can position themselves for short-term walkability enhancements and future long-term policy work.

Priority selection will be given to small, rural communities or those larger communities who identify a particular neighborhood or sector with greatest need for improvement of walkable areas for those underserved residents. Applications are due Feb. 28 and can be found on under the Physical Activity tab.

Executive board discusses goals for 2018

The South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association’s executive board met recently to welcome newly elected board members, thank previous members for their service and set goals for 2018. View meeting minutes and review the goals for 2018 on the Member Resources page. The members-only password was sent out via the Quick Hits email newsletter on Dec. 11. If you’re a current member and didn’t get it, let us know.

Funding available for outdoor recreation

Applications are now being accepted for grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Public outdoor recreation projects sponsored by city, county, township and tribal governments are eligible to receive the grant money. The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides up to 50 percent reimbursement for approved outdoor recreation projects.

South Dakota State Parks Director Katie Ceroll said $425,000 will be available for the development or renovation of public outdoor recreation facilities or the acquisition of park land. Learn more and download an application packet at The application deadline is Dec. 8, 2017.

SDPRA recognizes leadership and commitment

The association recently recognized several individuals and organizations for their work and dedication to further parks and recreation in the state. Congratulations to the 2017 SDPRA award winners!

  • Longevity Awards:  Dale Simpson, Lake Louise Recreation Area; Gene Morsching, Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry; and Mike Ullrich, Richmond Lake Recreation Area
  • Organization Commitment Citation:  Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau Sports & Recreation Committee
  • Young Professional Award:  Katy Hiltunen, Game, Fish and Parks, Pierre
  • Meritorious Professional Service:  Travis Lemer, Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry
  • Hall of Fame Award:  Susie Garry-Weber, Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation