Dinosaur Park Master Plan underway

Dinosaur Park is a familiar and friendly icon of Rapid City’s fantastic history and broad appeal. Tallgrass is developing a new Master Plan for the park, with a vision for the next 75 years of use and development! We are currently in the public input phase of design and are holding Stakeholder Meetings, Community Workshops and receiving comments on the proposed plans. We have heard that the park is well loved, has great historic and personal value, and that the need for ADA access to the top of the hill is a great concern. KEVN AND KOTA covered the February 20, 2014 Community Workshop in the Great Hall at Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department. We have prepared an in-depth site analysis to examine the facilities of the park:

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An initial project to be constructed in the summer and fall of 2013 will provide new parking lots at the Stonewall Overlook (near SDFSDF), West Dinosaur (West Fulton at the bottom of the hill), Petrified Forest, and a remodel of the DInosaur Park parking lot. The Dinosaur Park parking lot will be revised based upon the Master Plan, and will provide for improved bus circulation and large vehicle parking.

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The Master Plan is in development. To explore the various ideas that are relevant to the park we initially developed four different schemes based upon the different thematic fundamentals of the park.

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After the Conceptual Designs Based upon the thematic elements were completed and reviewed with parks, we developed a Preliminary Conceptual Design based upon site considerations and removing elements that would be too costly, were unreasonable or would not allow ADA access. This plan is presented to the public for comment and consideration! If you would like to weigh in, visit the parks and recreation site for instructions on how to submit your votes. Here’s the conceptual plan and the sheets used for voting and writing your opinion about the park. Features: These are elements that will be required to build the park, but could be developed to be more than their function and improve the park overall. Play Pods: These are areas of the park that could be developed more intensively to provide additional amenities to the visitors. .

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Our partners in this effort are Rapid City’s Department of Parks and Recreation, CETEC Engineering (Prime Consultant for the City of Rapid City for this project), Architecture International and Skyline Engineering.

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