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Residents voice concern, support of Rapid City sculpture garden

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A project designed to promote cultural awareness - brought out many people looking to express their opinions.

First Nations Sculpture Gardens Incorporated is looking to create a sculpture garden in Rapid City's Halley Park honoring Native American scholars and artists. The project would give local residents and visitors an opportunity to better understand the contributions of Native Americans.

Nearly everyone in attendance at Tuesday's Public Works meeting spoke out in favor of the project, including the council which approved the measure by a 3-to-2 vote. Although the project has significant support, with more than 50,000 cars passing by Halley Park each day, safety concerns regarding the location exist.

In support of the project, Rebecca Leas said, "These sculptures would just be an incredible, respectful, reverent way to give a remodel to a lot of young people and especially the Native American people."

Jeff Schild said, he and the parks and recreation advisory board agreed that the risk of this location was too high. "Here you go having an increase in visitors, what happens if a child darts in to that road? You know, to me you're pressing your luck."

The full city council will be voting on the matter on Monday evening.

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