New name proposed for Rapid City’s Founders Park
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Could a new name be coming to Founders Park? A change will be proposed Thursday night at a Rapid City Parks and Recreation meeting.
City Council President Laura Armstrong tells NewsCenter1 that after community conversation over past months, the question of ‘what can we do better’ came about. From there, the idea was born to rename Founders Park to Ancestors Park.
Armstrong says the idea is to be more “inclusive and emphasize the history.”
The area that is Founders Park was acquired by the city after the 1972 flood. The park received its name after Founders Rock, the area camp where European American Settlers arrived in 1876.
In September, Armstrong says nine letters in support of the change were presented to the Parks and Recreation Department. Those writing in support are Lakota Elders, council members, representatives from the Rapid City Boarding School Lands research project, and private citizens.
Thursday night, the department will be asked to consider the name change.
The public meeting will be held at the Parks and Recreation Office at 515 West Blvd. beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday evening.