Parks/Urban Forestry Division

pdf Memorial Donation and Gift Policy (738 KB)

pdf Banner Application and Specifications (39 KB)

Beautification Committee

pdf Yard of the Month Nomination Form (55 KB)

New Parks Web App
The new Rapid City Parks Web App will allow users to search for recreation facilities, park locations and information, and a wealth of other information about the Parks and Recreation Department.

Click here to launch the Rapid City Parks site

Bike Paths

 

  pdf Bike Path Map (364 KB)

Bike Path Rules

The Swanny Pathway is one of the most-used places in our park system, and like any complex system, we need rules to insure safety and avoid chaos.

Almost everyday the Swanny Pathway becomes a multi-use recreational path for bikers, runners, inline skaters, dog walkers and strollers walking two, three and sometimes four abreast.

Since cyclists are the fastest moving, they can easily injure others. Simultaneously, they are also easily vulnerable to the lack of consideration of other path users. Thus, the Parks and Recreation Department has a vested interest in following the basic core rules of path use:

1. All users should travel in the right hand lane.
2. Pass on the left.
3. Announce your passing to other path users.
4. Move off the path when stopping.
5. Travel at speeds which are safe and appropriate.
6. Pay attention to other path users.

And please be smart – wear a helmet when you ride your bike. Your kids may be required by law to wear a helmet, and you should be required by good common sense to wear one as well. Even at slow speeds, a fall of 3 or 4 feet to the concrete path can cause serious injury. And if you get hurt, who will care for your kids?

Wedding Information

The Gazebo in Canyon Lake Park, located at 4211 Beach Drive, is available (by reservation only) for weddings throughout the year. Reservations may be made at the Rapid City Parks and Recreation Office, 515 West Boulevard, or by calling 394-4175. Payment is due at the time the reservation is made. The fee to use the Canyon Lake Gazebo is $20.00 per hour. A 30-day notice is required for cancellations and an administrative fee of $10.00 will be retained.

Payment must be made at the time of reservation. Please bring a copy of your receipt as proof of reservation. The Gazebo may be reserved throughout the day by different parties. Please respect the next reserved time slot and clean up after your event. The group that uses the Gazebo after you will appreciate a clean park facility.

There are four electrical outlets in the gazebo located underneath the benches; 2 on the south side and 2 on the north side. You may decorate the Gazebo, but PLEASE DO NOT pound nails, use staples, or tape that will leave a residue on any trees or the Gazebo. Use of string or ribbon is recommended.

All parks are open to everyone on a first-come first-served basis. Some favorite locations for weddings are:

Sioux Park Formal Gardens
Sunken Gardens
Wilson Park Gazebo
Memorial Park Rose Gardens

Park regulations are posted at the park entrance and include these five major restrictions:

  1. NO  Alcoholic beverages
  2. Park Hours: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  3. Animals are to be leashed
  4. Electrical Outlets are for food preparation only
  5. No parking on the grass

We strive to keep the shelters reasonably clean and the facilities working properly, but occasionally problems occur that are beyond our control. Please let us know of any problems so they can be corrected. Damage to the property caused by mis-use will be billed to the user on record.

For more information, please call 394-4175.

Community Flower Gardens

Rapid City boasts some of the most beautiful flower gardens in the State; if you haven't taken time to visit them, we recommend that you do. Some you can enjoy driving by in a vehicle, but others deserve an up-close view. Click on the Garden for more information.

Butterfly Garden North Shore of Canyon Lake
Halley Park Gardens  1210 St. Joseph Street 
Memorial Park Rose Gardens  Omaha & 8th Street
Memory Lane Gardens  Sioux Park behind Hospital
Omaha Street Scape Intersection of Omaha & West Blvd
Ralph Cole Arboretum Intersection of Mt. View & Jackson Blvd
Roosevelt Demonstration Gardens Intersection of Maple & New York Street
Sunken Gardens Across from the Parks Dept. Office
William Nordermeer Formal Gardens In Sioux Park off Canyon Lake Drive
Wilson Park Gardens 1701 Mt. Rushmore Road

 

Adopt a Park Program

Interested in improving our City Parks, Rapid Creek Areas, and Recreational Trail areas? Become a member of the ADOPT-A-PARK PROGRAM.

Members of the Adopt-A-Park Program contribute to the betterment of the community by making public areas cleaner, safer, and more attractive.

For more information: (605) 394-4175

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