Storybook Island adds new attractions as it opens for 63rd season

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Storybook Island has opened its doors for the summer season.

For over 60 years, the park has been providing a fun, safe and educational environment for families in the Black Hills.

As it opens up for another season, officials of the non-profit say they’ve brought some new things to enjoy that look to add to the experience.

While there may be extensive work that goes on in the background to make it happen, Storybook Island officials say they’re still committed to keeping the park at free admission.

“There’s been years that we’ve been here until midnight doing last minute things, so for us we do it for the community. We want it to always remain free — and so far, so good,” said Jackie Laws, the executive director of Storybook Island.

Laws said that the park has added over 40 new pieces to the park. Some of the improvements included new playgrounds, as well as wheel chair sensory boards and braille.

The park is looking to develop its other five acres of land in the future. Throughout the summer, it will also hold events like its Ride to Save the 100 Acre Wood on June 18 and Adult Fun Night for adults over 21-years-old on June 25.

It’s all part of a push to make the park more inclusive and family friendly.

“It’s a fun place,” Laws said. “I mean, you can spend hours here and like I said, the gates are free. So if you don’t have the funds to spend money, you don’t have to. You can still enjoy the park.

The park is open seven days a week throughout the summer from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Laws says that the park will have more pieces coming in for the park later on, so if you missed it on Saturday, be sure to make it back.

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