Memorial Park Promenade
Now open, the Memorial Park Promenade has been designed to be a fun place, a destination and a convenient and identifiable connection between Downtown and the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Goals of the Memorial Park Promenade
Memorial Park Promenade is designed to:
- Provide an appealing and attractive walking experience interconnecting Sixth Street in Rapid City's City Center with the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
- Provide a walking experience that is attractive in both the daytime and nighttime hours.
- Provide places for spontaneous social gatherings, vendors, small street scale performances and other urban activities.
- The connection is primarily for pedestrian use, although some permitted uses could accommodate the use of golf carts, bike carts and bicycles.
- Provide a convenient Omaha Street pedestrian crossing.
- Provide a clear view north across the park to the Civic Center.
- Provide an arrival/departure point at the Civic Center that is visible from the park, especially from the pedestrian connection.
Location and Amenities
Memorial Park is located north of Omaha Street near the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The park is bounded on the west by Mt. Rushmore Road and on the east by Fifth Street. The park serves as an urban link to the downtown area, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City Central High School and the Journey Museum.
Memorial Park is 27.5 acres in size and includes MemorialPond, Flood Memorial Fountain, picnic areas, Formal Rose Garden, Legacy Statue, Leonard "Swanny" Swanson Memorial Pathway, restrooms, Berlin Wall Memorial, Veterans Memorial and band shell.
The property for Memorial Park was acquired by the City of Rapid City after the 1972 flood, and was developed as a memorial to the 238 people who lost their lives during the flood.