New addition to Freedom Trail in Hot Springs to come

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (KOTA TV) - An addition to the Freedom Trail in Hot Springs is coming soon, and the city hopes it's going to positively impact the community.
It will be a quarter mile long, and the project has been in the making for quite some time.

"We started talking about it 4 or 5 years ago,” said Tracy Bastian, the Public Works Engineer for the City of Hot Springs. “It's an area that’s city owned property and that makes it easier to make happen and it will go from Evans Plunge facility up to Chautauqua Park."

But this new trail serves a bigger purpose. The city hopes the new addition will attract more people to stay longer, and have a bigger economic impact on the city.

"An extra 30 minutes in the community, there's just that more chance they might want to take a look at something else,” said Bastian. “Stop, have dinner, or something, be more involved and stay in the community for a few more hours."

Hot Springs has thousands of tourists pass through each summer, and the Mayor of Hot Springs said the monetary impact of tourism is growing every year, and the city thinks this trail will continue that trend.

"We want to keep our people in Hot Springs a little bit longer,” said Hot Springs Mayor George Kotti. “And people are always looking for an outlet to do something and the addition provides that opportunity."

Bastian says he expects the trail to be completed by the end of fall.