$1.2 million improvement project set for park

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - On Tuesday, Nov. 14, the Rapid City Public Works Committee moved on to the Rapid City City Council to approve staff to advertise for bids for West Memorial Park.

The Public Works Committee wants to create a good first impression by making improvements to the bike path, landscaping and irrigation system in West Memorial Park. This is the area of Memorial Park between Interstate 90 and Eighth Street, Omaha Street and Rapid Creek. But, the main focus of the project is to fix the two large drainage basins, with one of those basins draining directly into Rapid Creek. The goal is to combine both of these storm water basins to improve storm water quality.

“The current regulations are expecting you to try to clean or manage your storm water from you know from those initial re-fall events. Because those are the ones that bring the silts and the some of the trash and so on and so forth. Basically it's an effort to keep those items out of Rapid Creek,” said Rod Johnson, West Memorial Park project manager.

The 1.2 million dollars will come out of a Capital Improvement Budget and several grants. They hope to have a bid opening in early January.