PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Four signs that were made possible through the Healthy South Dakota initiative were dedicated by City of Pierre officials, the South Dakota Health Department and others during a short ceremony Monday. 13 communities across the state, including Pierre, were named as recipients for the signs in 2010. The markers were paid for through federal grant money. Officials and interested citizens gathered yesterday near one of Pierre’s four new signs in Griffin Park on the Lewis and Clark Trail to highlight the new trail signage. Linda Ahrendt, Administrator of Health Promotion for the state Health Department says the signs highlight the local area’s connection to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, plus they offer trail information.
Ahrendt says the signs show a map, plus historical information and trail tips. Besides the sign in Griffin Park, other markers are also located near the Steamboat Park Amphitheater, near the Ramkota and at the east end of the trail system near the new Polo Field boat ramp. Ahrendt says the markers are a perfect fit for Pierre and the local trail system.
Mark Fenton, who is a nationally recognized trail consultant, is in Pierre for a HealthySD Stakeholders meeting and was on hand at yesterday’s sign dedication. He has checked out local walking/biking trails and says the community’s system is pretty impressive.
Fenton says using the new trail signs to tie into local history is also a great fit for the area.
Fenton, who is from the Boston area, says the community could further advance the trails by extending trails into neighborhoods through existing roadways.
Speaking at yesterday’s sign dedication, Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill said that the city is committed to its parks and trail system. She said the signage adds to the trails and that the walking and biking trails help the whole community to grow.
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