In 2014, the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota, selected Tallgrass to create a Master Plan for Butler Park to guide its future development.
Butler Park is the city’s largest park at 35.5 acres and is also one of its oldest parks. It functions as the primary recreational park in Hot Springs and serves much of the southern hills region with baseball, softball, and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, a skate park, playground, and picnic shelters. The Hot Springs Public Library sits at the southern end of the park.
In addition to assessing the park for ADA and safety compliance, TGLA facilitated three community input sessions and an online survey in a community prioritization and budgeting process. Input sessions included a workshop with interested community members, a booth at the June Arts and Crafts Fair with park-related activities for anyone to participate in, and a workshop with local children. An online survey collected input from community members who weren’t able to attend the public workshops.
Hot Springs residents are deeply committed to the quality of Hot Springs Parks and have particularly strong feelings about Butler Park. While improvements are needed in the ADA and safety categories, the community generally wanted to keep the core organizational principles of Butler Park intact for practical, functional and historic reasons. Completing some long-planned improvements, like the trail circuit around the park, and adding new amenities, like a high school soccer field and a splash park, were among community priorities for Butler Park. The Master Plan document will be used to guide the City’s budgeting, grant application and development of the park.