(Rapid City, SD) August 6th, 2014 — On August 6th, 2014 at 1:30pm, Black Hills Power presented a check in the amount of $1,500 to NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources and the College Park Block Club to support the construction of the newest community pocket park in Rapid City.
Black Hills Power along side other donors and volunteers will help transform a vacant lot into a community play space on the corner of Lemmon and Monroe in North Rapid.
The space once known as Willow Park will be brought back to life by volunteers on Saturday September 13th, 2014. The play space will provide a safe haven for sensory and imagination play.
In April of 2013 NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources and the College Park Block Club approached Rapid City Parks and Recreation and received approval to build a neighborhood pocket park.
NeighborWorks partnered with surrounding organizations and community members to design a play space that will fit the needs of the neighborhood. National and local contributions from Kaboom, Black Hills Area Community Foundation, Walmart Foundation and Black Hills Power have showed their commitment to this area by providing generous funds to complete the project.
“This is a great opportunity for Black Hills Power to be a partner in our community to provide a wonderful recreation option for kids and families. We always enjoy working with NeighborWorks on these projects, and enjoy giving back to the communities we serve” Said Mike Theis, Director of Operations at Black Hills Power.
Community Parks promote healthy habits, increase physical activity, renew self-identity, and belonging as an antidote to social alienation, vandalism, and violence. Willow Park will be another resource in our community to encourage and increase our revitalization efforts.
NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources and the College Park Block Club would like to thank all of the organizations and volunteers that have given their support for this community project. Their efforts prove the community is dedicated to providing resources and increasing healthy and happy activities for our children and families to enjoy.
The Willow Park Planning Committee invites other members of the community to get involved with the Willow Park community project. If you would like to donate to help provide monetary funds, donations are being accepted at NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources and First Interstate Banks “Build Our Park”. Contributions are tax deductible. The community build date is scheduled to place on September 13th. 2014. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Stephany at 605-923-6007.
About NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources: NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a private nonprofit organization that has been assisting in providing decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods for twenty years. NeighborWorks® has helped more than 1,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources provides decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods throughout the Western South Dakota communities.