RC Parks and Rec transform golf course into community garden

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A former Rapid City Golf Course will now be offering the chance for the community to grow its own crops.

Over the past year, Rapid City Parks and Recreation has transformed the former Lacroix Links on the city’s south side. Renovated to include recreation opportunities such as disc golf and foot and bike paths, the area now has a community garden.

Located on the East Minnesota Street side of the park, the garden will offer 38 beds in various sizes as well as 18 raised beds. And for this growing season the department is waiving the rental fee due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You know, a lot of people don’t have enough yard space to grow their own vegetables, fruits, flowers,” said Melissa Peterson, the Landscape Designer for the Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department. “And we have a lot of acreage at Parks & Rec so we’re just hoping to share that and give people a chance to grow some food.”

During these times, the Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department does encourage anyone using the gardens to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s or (CDC’s) guidelines.

Anyone wishing to sign up for a garden bed plot can visit the Parks Division website here. The LaCroix Community Garden Guidelines and Application PDF can be filled and signed electronically and sent to Melissa.Petersen@rcgov.org. Limited paper applications are available at the Parks and Recreation Office at 515 West Boulevard.

The deadline for applications is May 25.

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