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New Rapid City parking plan proposed

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A new parking plan in Rapid City has support from the business community but opposition from members of Friends of Rapid City Parks.

Dan Senftner, of Destination Rapid City, presented the plan to the Public Works Committee this afternoon. He says it is a separate idea from the previous parking project he proposed.

This plan would put a parking lot on Omaha and Mount Rushmore Road, where the tennis courts are located behind Central High School. He says the lot would include 269 free parking spaces and there would be a shuttle to downtown.

Business community members say they have employees who would use it. But those in opposition say the idea would negatively impact the parks.

"You take your employee, your minimum wage employee. They can't afford a parking pass and they don't need parking tickets and so forth. This is free parking. It's free parking for the public, free parking for the tourists, and free parking for the employees," said Senftner.

"The solution is not to invade our park system, which for some of us is sacred ground," said Don Frankenfeld, with Friends of Rapid City Parks.

The Public Works Committee forwarded this issue to the City Council without recommendation.

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