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Sioux Falls looking into parking alternatives

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We're learning more about the fate of McCart Fields in Sioux Falls after city council members got another events center update Monday night.

If an events center were to be built out at the arena location, Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether and Public Works Director Mark Cotter say they're looking into parking alternatives.

You might remember the architectural and engineering firms suggesting ripping up five softball fields and in turn, replacing them with a surface parking lot which would add hundreds of parking spots.

Cotter didn't mention where those other parking locations would be but he did say he has sat down with both the Softball Association and the McCart family. Cotter says they have some ideas about parking but they are still working out the details.

The idea of taking out some of those fields isn't sitting well with many softball parents.

We headed out to McCart fields to hear what parents are hoping for during this process.

"Come on Hannah, be ready," Darla Cummings said.

Darla Cummings is cheering on her daughter Monday night but she's not by herself.

"All my other kids come out and watch. My mother usually comes out here, uncles, aunts so it's kind of a family get together too, rooting for our kids," Cummings said.

Darla's two youngest kids play ball on the fields. The talk about getting rid of some diamonds isn't sitting well with the mom of five.

"It's such a shame they'd take something away from the kids which it seems like, budget cuts in schools, it just seems like it's always the kids who are suffering," Cummings said.

But Darla isn't the only parent who wants McCart Fields saved. Almost one hundred people have joined the Facebook page, Save McCart Fields. And that might just happen.

In Monday's city council meeting, Huether and Cotter say they are looking into some parking alternatives around the arena location.

Darla is just happy they're having the conversation.

"At least they're talking about it and hopefully everyone's input is being taken into consideration," Cummings said.

Because some parents are hoping the fields stay right where they are.

"I see tons of kids, families, tons of people supporting softball, it's important," Cummings said.

The next events center update will be on June 13th.

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