Changes to BHSU campus better for bicyclists, community

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SPEARFISH, S.D. - Black Hills State University is showing off new developments on the campus.

To encourage biking and an appreciation for the outdoors, the school created a bike path that leads from Saint Joseph Street to the student union. A hillside walkway was also completed, and it's fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Photo Credit: Black Hills State University

The school used two grants to complete the seven-month project, one from Goldcorp Coeur Wharf and one from the South Dakota Community Foundation. It began with the demolition of Pangburn Hall, which had become too difficult to maintain. 

BHSU President Tom Jackson says the developments open up the campus and make it more accessible to students and the community. 

"When you look around, you see people sitting and conversing and enjoying one another. I think that's really what this circle and this hillside project will actually be for our student body - sitting here, studying, looking at the mountains, and just enjoying one another."

Student leaders hosted an open house to feature the construction and landscaping changes on Nov. 14.

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