Memorial Park Promenade

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.

The Promenade will be create a well-lit, landscaped walkway between Downtown and the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Features include a grand boulevard walkway, majestic trees and extensive lighting for safety and beauty. The path will be 40-feet wide, mostly for pedestrian use, and will accommodate bicycle and pedicab traffic. An improved pedestrian crossing at Sixth and Omaha streets is included, as well as seating areas.

The Promenade will provide an appealing and attractive walking experience in both daytime and nighttime hours; and provide a place for spontaneous social gatherings, vendors, small street scale performers and other urban activities.

The project will allow a clear view north to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center where an entrance plaza will be built. Pedestrians will be encouraged by features to cross Omaha Street and to walk south from the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Download the flyer by clicking here.

Beginning the project
In January 2012, Destination Rapid City's Board of Directors formed a committee to explore and implement an improved pedestrian connection between Rapid City's City Center and the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Wyss Associates, of Rapid City, was then retained to design the proposed connection.

Goals of the Memorial Park Promenade
The goals of the Memorial Park Promenade are 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.
  • Address 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.
  • Provide a design that is unique to the park system, emphasizing the special need to interconnect these two popular destinations: the City Center and the Civic Center.
  • Provide for future links west to Founders Park and east to the Journey Museum and the Indoor Recreation Complex.
  • Provide a dramatic feature along Omaha Street that encourages people to cross Omaha Street and to walk south from the Civic Center.

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 tennis courts, Memorial Lake, Flood Memorial Fountain, picnic areas, Formal Rose Garden, Legacy Statue, Leonard "Swanny" Swanson Memorial Pathway, restroom, Berlin Wall Memorial, Veterans Memorial and band shell.

Park History
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.