City officials, BHE, and Stevens High plant trees at Raider Park Monday morning

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Nine trees arrived in Raider Park Monday morning for a late Arbor Day celebration.

Staffers from Black Hills Energy and Stevens High School – along with Rapid City officials – strapped on their boots and grabbed a shovel to plant the saplings in the park’s growing arboretum.

The day started with an official Arbor Day Proclamation from Mayor Steve Allender – read by Ward Five Council Members Darla Drew and Laura Armstrong – then a quick safety briefing before getting their hands dirty.

For the 41st year, Rapid City has been recognized as a “Tree City USA.”


Black Hills Energy’s top man says they’re proud to be a part of that legacy through tree donations over the years.

“I hope to see these trees grow up be very large, provide a lot of shade, beautify the area and provide a place for the students that go to high school here to really enjoy and have some educational opportunities as well,” said Linn Evans, President and CEO of Black Hills Corp.

Joining the arboretum will be maple, linden, and oak trees.

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