September 22, 2016
Jon Jacobson, in our Sioux Falls office, accepts the 2016 South Dakota Parks & Recreation Association ‘Community Excellence Award’ at their annual convention last week.· view full ·
Jon Jacobson and the Confluence team have been an advocate for the Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department and the Parks and Recreation field on many different fronts and projects in the past 15 years. They have been instrumental in gaining consensus on the importance of preservation of green space and park and recreation activities during presentations at public neighborhood meetings, landowner and stakeholder meetings, Park Board and City Council meetings, and through media interviews. These efforts have helped the South Dakota Parks & Recreation Association secure the funding and support necessary to build new parks, renovate existing parks, and develop the greenway and bike trail system in Sioux Falls.
In particular, Confluence was instrumental in the implementation of the City of Sioux Falls Greenway and Riverfront Master Plan. They adapted the concepts set forth in the overall master plan to the downtown Sioux Falls greenway stretch and worked with staff and adjacent property owners to identify specific improvements to be considered. This work included creating a seamless transition from private to public land, providing ADA and direct access to the river, designing points of interest to draw people to the greenway and river, and the eventual modeling of all future phases of the downtown greenway. This collaboration between public and private entities helped sell the project to the public and City Council and secure the funding necessary to kick start phase one of the downtown greenway development. They also helped secure an environmental trust fund to help fund a portion of the improvements. The downtown greenway projects have cleaned up a severely impaired stretch of the river greenway and have been a catalyst for over $100M worth of private redevelopment.