HOT SPRINGS, S.D. - Two weeks from now, the city of Hot Springs is set to close the deal on purchasing Evans Plunge, one of the state's oldest tourist attractions.
Back in March Hot Springs residents voted to authorize the city to borrow up to $1.9-million dollars to purchase Evans Plunge. Now, the city says it's already appointed a director, and an assistant director to manage the property. Hot Springs Mayor Don DeVries says after raising some concerns about the number of Black Hills residents that would use the facility he now feels comfortable the deal will be a success.
DeVries says, "We're convinced at this point that there are enough people in the summer, and with a local membership option available. So, with that, we thing we'll have enough additional local people coming, that it'll do probably better than it did in the past, if we get the local participation. That's important."
Evans Plunge is currently open for the summer, being operated by private ownership.The city of Hot Springs is set to take over on July 1st.