Custer State Park to get new Visitor Center - KOTA Territory News

Custer State Park to get new Visitor Center


Earlier this year, Governor Dennis Daugaard signed a bill that provides $4 million to improve three parts of South Dakota's state park system.

Now, talk on the best way to spend the money, specifically in Custer State Park, has begun.

The bill includes funds for a new visitors center which will feature a movie theater to showcase the park's story.

Doug Hofer, Director for the State Division of Parks and Recreation, says the timetable for the construction depends on how fast the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation can raise its pledged $1 million for the $3 million project.

The South Dakota Legislature has appropriated $1.5 million for the project.

That money becomes available July 1st and must be used within two years.

Phil Jensen says he supports the Governor's initiative to invest in South Dakota.
"Again tourism is the number two industry in the state and to enhance Custer State Park is going to do nothing but draw more people here and that's what it's all about," says Jensen.
And $500,000 dollars will be used to extend the George S. Mickelson hiking and biking trail in the Black Hills to Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

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