Attorney Doyle Estes donated stolen prairie swampland to the City if it would develop a soccer complex. The property is home to buried toxins: residue from Rapid City's early years. He has extended the deadline for construction:
WHEREAS, the property will not be developed and used for recreational purposes by the
June 1, 2013, deadline; and
WHEREAS, the property is expected to be developed and used for recreational purposesJohn Lee McLaughlin wrote in the Rapid City Journal:
prior to January 1, 2016...
The city approved $3.8 million in Vision funds, which are derived from a half-cent sales tax, for the project in 2005 for a more than $10 million, 21-field complex that included an indoor arena. The city's Public Works Department has recommended not using onsite wells based on an analysis done by CETEC Engineering Services that said the option proved too costly over a 20-year period as compared to using treated city water. The department also made its decision due to technical issues with raw water resources in the area such as existing water rights, the quality and the amount of water conceived to be available.
A billionaire and heir to the Mars candy fortune built a soccer complex in the middle of nowhere sorta close to Sheridan, Wyoming.
If Rapid City ever wants to be something someday, especially after Ellsworth Air Force Base closes, she is going to have to start raising some money.