Cleanup effort in Rapid City parks continues months after Octobe - KOTA Territory News

Cleanup effort in Rapid City parks continues months after October blizzard


When the early season blizzard came barreling through Rapid City last October, it did extensive damage to the parks system.

Canyon Lake Park, Story Book Island, and Jackson Park were hit the hardest, with most of the damage confined to trees with being broken branches.

Officials say the city is working to finish cleaning up debris in the parks before spring hits. The city is also in the process of ordering about $10,000 worth of new trees to replant. That equates to about 100 new trees.

Parks Division Manager Lon Van Deusen says contractors did an excellent job cleaning up the debris. However, the department still has to do some cosmetic pruning on many trees.

"Right now we're still in cleanup mode. We still have a lot of trees to clean up particular along Rapid Creek. There is quite a bit that we didn't get to after the storm. The accessibility into those areas is pretty difficult," Van Deusen said.

Officials are very concerned about low hanging branches and will work to remove them.

Some residents think the city has done a good job. But at least one says they should do more.

"I think they should put up lights like they did down on the other side of the park. Put the lights up so people don't have problems jogging here at night," said Mark Writz, who was jogging in the park.

City officials say they will initially focus their replanting effort at Canyon Lake Park, but will eventually replant in other parks.

Although a lot of trees were lost during the blizzard, officials say it's typical for the city to replants new trees every year.

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