Black Hills Energy donates $15,000 to Storybook Island

RAPID CITY, S.D. – On Thursday, Black Hills Energy (BHE) donated $15,000 to Storybook Island. The money is going toward the building of a carousel house.  The house will protect the park’s carousel from the brutal South Dakota elements.

Storybook Island offers free admissions during the summer, so it can be difficult to fund projects. This donation from BHE was a key component in building the house.

The director of BHE, Marc Eyre,  is more than happy to give to the community.

“Our mission is to improve life with energy, so this opportunity to partner with the community has been great,” said Eyre.

The carousel is an antique and was made in the late 1930s. It is over 80 years old and requires constant maintenance. The house is made of fine woods – some were even imported from New York.

Connie LeZotte, executive director at Storybook Island, has the details behind the project.

“The carousel house is an opportunity for us to be able to preserve the antique carousel that we’ve had in the park for nearly three years,” said Lezotte.

Storybook Island is hoping that the new feature will bring more people to the park. Their goal is to serve the children in the community and make it easier for parents to give their children fun experiences.

As of now, there is not an official opening date. They are hoping to have it ready for the summer season.

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