Legacy Commons Playground

Legacy Commons is a community gathering area adjacent to the Memorial Park Promenade. While the Promenade encourages people to walk between Downtown Rapid City and the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Legacy Commons offers a destination for more community members and visitors to stay and enjoy Memorial Park.

In keeping with the Remembrance and Renewal theme of the 2012 40th anniversary of the 1972 flood, Legacy Commons has features to help remember the flood while offering new features for current and future generations.

Remembrance features include a coordinated look at existing memorials, and includes moving the war memorial from its current location to a prominent place adjacent to the Promenade and adding a spray jet fountain in the pond that resembles the smaller spray in the existing flood memorial.

The renewal features in Legacy Commons include five separate play areas with adjacent themed gardens

  1. Climber area with art garden
  2. Accessible inclusive play area with an elevated accessible garden
  3. Nature climbing area with adjacent Black Hills, prairie and medicinal gardens
  4. Age 2-5 play area with a children's garden
  5. Active play area with an adjacent sustainable landscape. 

The play areas and gardens surround a three-fourths acre Great Lawn for spontaneous and planned gatherings.

Discovery features within Legacy Commons include 70 images of plants, animals and fossils hidden throughout the park, and, for the parents, ample benches to relax, or three separate fitness features to work out. The existing hillside amphitheater features a new at-grade concrete stage/platform for events as well as a contemplative area next to Rapid Creek. All bike path connections and through routes remain. The restroom interiors at the existing band shell will be remodeled to accessibility standards. In addition, bathrooms will be constructed near the Rockin' Ropes play area.

Construction for a Legacy Commons parking lot will begin soon. The lot will be located on the corner of Eighth and Omaha streets, and will offer safe access to Legacy Commons Playground.