SDSM&T students help enhance eco-friendly park in downtown Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Students at South Dakota Mines have helped create a living laboratory at ‘Trinity Eco Prayer Park’ in downtown Rapid City.
Originally created in 2015, the park is currently being updated to increase water flow capacity and provide easier maintenance. Once updated, the park will feature more than a dozen sustainability features, some of which help protect water in Rapid Creek.
Urban runoff is a major contributor to water pollution around the world, which is why the eco-friendly park will include low-impact development practices. That means water runoff shed by city streets and sidewalks will be filtered by the park before entering streams and rivers.
“We’ll say it’s a park by day and a storm water feature by night. And so that whole entire park is designed to flood and indeed does flood on big rain events. And you know within a 24 to 36 hour period that park drains out and is functioning as a park,” said Jason Phillips, a student at SDSM&T and employee at Terrasite Design.
The project not only helps reduce pollution into Rapid Creek but also brings an understanding of sustainable stormwater management solutions for future projects.