Rapid City officials continue to look for more parking options for shoppers and employees downtown, but finding funds and adequate parking space is becoming more difficult.
The park on the corner of Omaha Street and Mt. Rushmore Road, next to Central High School is one option the Rapid City Public Works Department is looking into for additional parking. They will propose a $1.5 million surface parking lot with 350 spaces and a free shuttle.
Destination Rapid City offered $500,000 to go toward the project.
But there are concerns from the Friends of Rapid City Parks organization, and from the public works committee about what this project will do to the park and whether people would even utilize this parking lot.
Terry Wolterstorff, the Public Works Director, acknowledges these concerns and says this perceived parking problem downtown is a hard one to solve.
"The Public Works Committee certainly had some concerns with utilizing the part of the parks property for the parking lot, understandably so," Wolterstorff said. "And I think there were some real concerns whether customers and employees would really utilize the shuttle service downtown."
Wolterstorff says after the public works meeting last week, he doesn't think the city will go forward with their recommendation.