Falls Park, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

View from the Tower, Falls Park, Sioux Falls South Dakota (photo by me)
Charles Luden had been the widely accepted unofficial resident poet for several years already and remains such to this day. Dr. Ron Robinson, a substantial Sioux Falls writer and professor of English at Augustana College, was consistently on the scene. Steve Boint; Charles Luden; Nicole Allen; Jason Freeman; Suzanne Sunshower lives converged in Sioux Falls, SD while performing poetry at Michelle's Coffee and at the Horsebarn Arts Center. Together, they published From the lonely cold : poems by Nicole Allen, Charles Luden, Jason Freeman, Suzanne Sunshower, Steve Boint. Jason Freeman, poet and disability advocate was born in Sioux Falls (son of artist-writer/neurologist Dr. Jerome Freeman) and has been a part of the literary arts scene since his youth. Tom Foster moved to Sioux Falls (from California), having already developed a presence in the California Slam scene and was integral to keeping public open-mics going strong. The Washington Pavilion continued to donate space for literary activities as well as the Siouxland Sioux Falls Library. Eventually, David Allan Evans returned to Sioux Falls as the current State of South Dakota Poet Laureate and enhanced the literary scene with his reintroduction to the Sioux Falls community and presence as the state poet. Patrick Hicks, poet/writer, came to the city to teach at Augustana College and published the anthology A Harvest of Words: Contemporary South Dakota Poetry, later, in 2010. Rosalee Blunk was the initial organizer for the Poetry Out Loud state finals held annually in Sioux Falls. Maddie Lukomski, a Poetry Out Loud junior at Sioux Falls Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was named a winner in the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Ourselves competition spoken category, most recently (May 2016).
We spent 22 hours in Sioux Falls, South Dakota—eight of them asleep.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota was our second stop on our way out to Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. We took four days to drive out to Yellowstone from Ohio and got to our second night stop, Sioux Falls a little early so we decided to look around the area and actually see Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Sioux Falls maintains a network of more than 50 parks and greenways that are spread throughout the city. Probably the best known of these is Falls Park, established around the city's namesake waterfalls on the Big Sioux River, just north of downtown. Other notable parks include Terrace Park (Terrace Park History), McKennan Park, Sherman Park, and Yankton Trail park. A popular feature of the park system is a paved 16-mile (26 km) path used for biking, jogging, and walking. The path follows the course of the Big Sioux River, forming a loop around central Sioux Falls, with a few spurs off the main bike trail. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks has an Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls where it has several outdoor areas devoted to wildlife. The Outdoor Campus hosts many outdoor activities through the year as well; these activities include such things as star gazing and snowshoeing. During the winter, Great Bear Recreation Park offers skiing, snow boarding, and tubing. During the summer time Falls Park offers a free sound and light show telling the history of Sioux Falls from the people who settled around the falls to more recent history.

More Sioux Falls Information:
Depart Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Remember to buckle up and drive carefully!Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is one of the nation’s top college towns.Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Border States in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a wholesale electrical supply company that provides electrical utility, industrial and construction supplies.Sioux Falls, South Dakota's largest city, is located at the junction of I-90 and I-29 in the eastern part of the state and has all the offerings of a big city. Over 4,900 hotel rooms, more than 650 restaurants, a variety of entertainment and attractions including the best shopping between Denver and Minneapolis, a historic downtown, wineries, museums, sporting events and more await you. Falls Park, located near downtown, is home to the Falls of the Big Sioux River which is the city's namesake.We packed a picnic lunch and spent a sunny afternoon at the lovely Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This was a pleasant surprise and a child’s paradise. Multiple water falls tumble over the rocks of the Big Sioux River…and the kids had a BLAST climbing over the low rock formations. We also climbed to the top of the Observation Tower, located in the visitor’s center, for great views of the area.