Halley Park: Sculpture garden project nearing decision - KOTA Territory News

Halley Park: Sculpture garden project nearing decision

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It's already known for it's formal gardens and veteran's memorial. Soon, Halley Park in Rapid City could be home to another garden.

"The First Nations" board is working on plans to put a Native American sculpture garden behind the parks and recreation building in the four acre park.

Halley Park sits on historic trust lands returned to Native Americans.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, spokeswoman for the project said "the land is historic because it is part of the 1868 treaty."

The Sculptures would honor Native American heroes who have played a part in shaping Rapid City as well as South Dakota.

Members of "The First Nations" sculpture project want people to see the sculpture gardens as educational as well as artistic.

Edward Valandra said "The garden sculpture I think will help educate a lot of people on our presence and contributions that have been here thousands and thousands of years. In a lot of ways it's more of an educational endeavor as well as an artistic one."

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn said "It's a place of contemplation, It's a place of honoring history, It's a place of honoring people who have contributed to the development of indigenous people here."

Cook-Lynn will meet with Rapid City Officials in July for a final decision.

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