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Pierre Named as a 2016 Playful City USA Community

Pierre has received a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the fifth time in row. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.

Pierre’s commitment to developing active play opportunities through outdoor amenities like the Play Trail in northeast Pierre, the redevelopment of LaBarge Park, and summer programming that introduces children to area trails have helped Pierre continue to receive the Playful City USA designation.

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says that Pierre’s commitment to playability is making it a more desirable community.

“Playability adds a certain degree of energy and appeal to a community,” said Mayor Gill. “Our Parks and Recreation Department is working hard to enhance community allure, and this designation is proof that their work is paying off.”

Pierre is just one of three South Dakota cities to receive the designation this year.

To see Pierre's Playful City USA promotional video, click on the above Playful City USA banner. To learn more, visit


New Commissioners Sworn In

Pierre City Commissioners Blake Barringer and Steve Harding were sworn into office at the start of the July 5, 2016 Pierre City Commission meeting.  Mayor Laurie Gill presided over the meeting as the Honorable Judge Mark Barnett administered the oath of office.
COURTESY PHOTO (Patrick M Callahan 2015):  Pictured right to left: Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill, Commissioner Blake Barringer, Commissioner Steve Harding.   
Commission Swearing In