The historic June 9, 1972, flood that killed 238 people in Rapid City marked the most trying times in the city’s more than 130 years of history.
But from it arose a phoenix known as the city’s expansive park greenway, a jewel that few cities can tout. There are, however, some lesser known areas of outdoor leisure in town. Here are 5 seemingly hidden parks in Rapid City. The information comes from the Parks and Recreation Department.
Land acquired after the 1972 flood, Cliffside Park, located just west of the Cleghorn Fish Hatchery on Jackson Boulevard, offers fishing and picnic areas for residents with disabilities and parking for 12 vehicles.
American Legion Park, located at 900 Van Buren Street on the corner of West Boulevard North and Adams Street, is hidden within the surrounding neighborhood. The park supported by the American Legion Auxiliary of Rapid City includes a playground, a sports field and a basketball hoop.
Mary Hall Park
Located just off Soo San Drive in the city’s west side, Mary Hall Park offers an asphalt path, a picnic shelter, a new playground and access to Lime Creek . The park is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Rapid City.
Originally a city-operated stone quarry, Quarry Park offers residents on the northwest side of town two tennis courts, a soccer field and trailhead access to federal land on the western edge of the wide-open space.
Vickie Powers Memorial Park
The newest addition to the city’s park system, Vickie Powers Memorial Park, located at 940 Kathryn Ave., is also the first city park north of Interstate 90. Named for longtime resident Vickie Powers, a prominent fixture of North Rapid who died of cancer in 1995, its 26 acres offer a unique playground for Rapid City youngsters, as well as walking paths and a picnic area.