Summer plans revealed for Main Street Square

RAPID CITY, S.D. — With the cancellation of Summer Nights in downtown Rapid City, all is not lost.

Main Street Square is still moving forward with its Movies Under The Stars, and opening its water fountains for kids since the city’s pools are closed.

Businesses in Rapid City are starting to work their way back to normal, and so is Main Street Square, after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted summer events throughout the Hills.

“Here in late June, we plan on starting the fountains so we can get the kids back downtown and running through the fountains,” says President of Destination Rapid City, Dan Senftner. “With the pools closed, that’s gonna be an awfully big deal so we are really, really working on that.”

Movies Under The Stars will return at the start of July with some new guidelines in place in order to keep the public safe.

“As you know, things are changing everyday and we need to stay on top of that, and that’s what we are doing,” says Senftner. “If we have to mark the grass, we will, and blankets and chairs like they have always done before can be brought down, and we will just control it. We will look at it, and we will see exactly what’s happening as soon as we get close to it.”

Also, Main Street Square will be hosting a kids carnival, a wedding expo, and a concert all in August.

Main Street Square is not alone in wanting to get things back to normal. The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is trying to figure that out as well.

“We are not saying no to events, we are not telling them you got to cancel,” says Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Executive Director, Craig Baltzer. “We’re trying to look at our July events and our August events, the ones that remain, and saying we can operate if we find a way to do it with these guidelines. Since all events are so different from a sporting event or a concert, the guidelines affect them differently, and we have to look at each one uniquely.”

The hope is that by September, the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center will back to normal without social distancing restrictions.

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