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GFP News - october 10, 2014

GFP Partners with Communities to Install Fishing Piers

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently completed two projects that resulted in the installation of new fishing piers for the Watertown and Aberdeen communities.

The Brook Brown Memorial Fishing Pier at Richmond Lake, near Aberdeen, is a handicap accessible floating fishing pier and shoreline restoration site.

On Sept. 20, 2014, GFP staff, local volunteers, as well as friends and family of Brook Brown planted 1,600 plants and 35 native grasses and flowers at this site. Brook Brown was a conservation officer in Aberdeen and also in Hamlin County before losing his battle with cancer. A ceremony dedicating the bronze memorial of Brown was revealed; with over 100 people attending the event. Contributors to this project included: GFP, Richmond Lake-Lake Association and several other local clubs and private donors.

Earlier this week, GFP and the city of Watertown worked together to complete the installation of a new fishing pier and urban fishery project at the Third Avenue Pond located in Lions Park; the heart of the community.

The area has two parking lots and the west lot is handicap accessible with a walkway connecting it to the fishing pier for easy access. There are also a couple of viewing shelters along the walkway. GFP fisheries staff stock the pond with rainbow trout and other fish species on a regular basis; making it a fun angling experience for outdoor enthusiasts. This was another cooperative community effort involving GFP, the city of Watertown and the Lions Club, as well as several local businesses and families.

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