Great News for Downtown Dog Owners!

The City of Sioux Falls is excited to announce that longtime community supporters Joe and Jennifer Kirby have offered to fund a new permanent downtown dog park. The proposed location is at Fort Sod Park located at the corner of East Tenth Street and South Second Avenue. Construction could start as early as this fall.

“A downtown dog park has been identified as a need by the downtown Sioux Falls community for years, and we are thrilled with the offer from Joe and Jennifer to provide funding to make this dog park a reality,” said Don Kearney, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We feel Fort Sod is an ideal location due to its central downtown location, high visibility, access to parking on evenings and weekends, and the ever-growing number of residents and their dogs that are calling downtown home.”

Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc., adjacent property owners, and Sea Dream creator Steve Thomas are supportive of the project and its location.

“I want to thank Joe and Jennifer Kirby for their generosity and stewardship to allow us to move forward with a long-awaited permanent dog park in the core of our downtown,” said Mayor Paul TenHaken.

Next steps include hosting a public meeting regarding the concept plan, presenting a park master plan to the Parks and Recreation Board, and seeking approval from the City Council to amend the capital improvement plan to include this project.

For additional information on City parks, visit the City’s website at

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