Raider Park donation allows improvements to park

More monetary donations are allowing for more development in Raider Park.

The park recently received in additional $50,000 donation from the Tom Pfeifle Memorial 5K bringing the total to over $100,000 dollars.

Raider Park

Raider Park, courtesy Facebook

The nonprofit is in memorial of Tom Pfeifle, a Stevens graduate, who died in a climbing accident in 2016. Tom’s passion for the outdoors inspired Raider Park to include trails in his name.

The idea for Raider Park came about 5 years ago. It’s a multi-purpose educational space for Rapid City Stevens School staff and students as well as the community on nights and weekends.

Tom Pfeifle Trails

Tom Pfeifle Trails, courtesy Facebook

Seth Keene, Stevens Math Teacher, says, “It’s really, really special knowing that the kind of young man that he (Tom) was and what he stands for. It’s exactly what we want the park to stand for, a preserved outdoor space that people can enjoy. And as long as there is interest on the part of teachers and students, we are going to continue to use the park to its fullest.”

Donation money is also used for signage, fencing, and drainage work.

The near future goal is to finish the cross country trails and further down the road, build an outdoor pavilion and plant trees.

Anyone who would like information about how best to volunteer or give money or materials can contact Keene at Seth.Keene@k12.sd.us .

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