Your thoughts on the new Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena, will play an important role in its construction.
There has even been talk the issue could go to a public vote. But according to state law, enough petitions would have to be signed to put the issue on the ballot.
Rapid City Council members are pushing to change the law so they can have the power to put a big public issue such as a new arena on the ballot.
As of now the city will hold public forums so community members can review the design plans for the arena.
Brian Maliske, General Manager of the Rushmore Civic Center says it is important for them to include the public in this planning. He says "the community built us, the community paid for us, therefore we answer to the community because of that we want their input."
The design plans still need to be put together, so the public forums will not be held until spring.