A staple of the Rapid City community opens its gates today thanks to donations from the community.
Storybook Island was down about 25–thousand dollars last year because of the down economy, but neither the economic hardships nor the rain could put a damper on today's opening. The park secured donations from businesses and people in the community that have helped them make key improvements. Those include: new paint, park repairs, and new sidewalks.
"This park depends on the community, not just the Rapid
City community, but the surrounding communities as well, who financially
support the park." said Connie LeZotte, executive director of the park.
Community support during the Christmastime lights fundraiser last winter helped Storybook raise nearly $80,000.
Lezotte says it takes more than $400,000 each year to keep the park free of admission.