Rapid City reached an agreement with the Department of Justice in 2014 to bring the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center into compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agreement was effective from March of 2015 with a 30 month deadline, but that same month voters rejected a plan for major overhaul of the Civic Center, largely focused on renovating and expanding the Barnett Arena.
After Mayor Allender's election in June 2015, he formed a task force to study the issue in February 2016. There has not yet been a report on the task force's recommendation. However, the earliest public meeting is expected at the June 19th City Council meeting. Although many of the ADA issues around the facility have been fixed, the Barnett Arena remains as the largest and most expensive problem. The Rapid City Journal reported that per Mayor Allender's past comments, the expected recommendations from the task force with cover upgrades to the arena, or building a new space.
Stories on and related to the Civic Center are linked in the Black Hills Knowledge Network's online news archive.