Sioux Falls man uses own money to paint parking spaces on Main Avenue

Published: Jul. 21, 2016 at 1:18 PM CDT
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One individual has made it his mission to add more parking spots to Main Avenue in Downtown Sioux Falls. The back in angled spots are located on the east side of the road between Brookings Street and 3rd Street in front of Ransom Church.

Zach DeBoer owns an art gallery on Phillips Avenue, so he won't personally benefit from the new spaces on Main Avenue but it's still an important project to him.

"I don't know that it's really been given the attention that it deserves like a lot of different parts of Downtown," said DeBoer. "And with a lot of projects starting to move this way, I wanted to try to improve the area and the neighborhood and the street."

DeBoer started planning to add parking spaces and a bike lane to Main Avenue back in April. City Council approved it last Tuesday and DeBoer bought the materials and got to work Wednesday.

"It was a project that I'm interested in and care about and I'm happy to come out here and do the work," he said. DeBoer also said the city didn't have the budget to hire someone to paint the lines but that wouldn't stop him.

"I think the benefits far outweigh the minimum costs for people to have more places to park," he continued. He may be $100 out of pocket, but DeBoer says it's worth it because it will give people the chance to explore this part of the city.