In April of 2012, Destination Rapid City proposed to complete a pedestrian walkway connecting the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and the downtown area of Rapid City. The Promenade would feature a boulevard walkway, landscaping and lighting. The project was pitched as a step toward uniting the city’s centralized arts and entertainment attractions. The Promenade will straighten the current path, shortening the distance between the civic center and downtown. The Promenade would also connect visitors to Main Street Square, the Journey Museum, several art galleries, the Elks Theatre, the new Performing Arts Center at Dakota Middle School, the Rapid City Public Library and possibly, the proposed Presidents Plaza mixed-use development.
The tree-lined walkway will be open and landscaped, including nighttime lighting for increased safety. The Promenade is designed to be a destination itself, with plans for an arts plaza on the west side near Omaha Street and a botanical garden on the eastern side. The path would be around 40 feet wide and include the existing pedestrian bridge over Rapid Creek. The path would likely bring more people into Memorial Park, the centerpiece of the Rapid Creek greenway system, which is a tribute to the 238 victims of the 1972 Rapid City Flood. The plans call for the Legacy Statue near the intersection of Sixth and Omaha streets to be moved a short distance to the west as the centerpiece of the arts plaza.
Destination Rapid City has successfully raised funds for construction of the Promenade. The privately funded project is estimated to cost between $1 million and $1.2 million. Plans call for the path to be finished in the summer of 2013 and then donated to the city. Long-term maintenance of the path and landscaping would be the responsibility of the city's Department of Parks and Recreation. The Promenade was designed by Wyss Associates, Inc.
The Promenade's grand opening was July 11, 2014.