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Baken Park Business Destroyed in the 1972 Flood
Baken Park Business Destroyed in the 1972 Flood
June 8, 2015

Fourth Annual Flood Memory Walk This Weekend


RAPID CITY ­ -- On Sunday, June 14, Friends of Rapid City Parks will host its fourth annual Memory Walk to commemorate the city’s tragic 1972 flood and to celebrate the park system that grew in its wake.

This year’s event will begin and end at The Journey Museum, with a loop through Memorial Park to include a stop for remembrance at the monument that records the names of the 238 victims of the flood. The annual walk is made possible by Friends of Rapid City Parks members, and support from the Remembrance & Renewal Flood Anniversary Committee.

The history walk of about one mile begins at 11:00 a.m. and will include stops at the Flood Memorial, at the Sixth Street Bridge, and back to The Journey where participants are encouraged to visit the permanent exhibition about the flood. All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

Friends of Rapid City Parks and the Rapid City Public Library collaborated on installation of QR codes that connect bike path users to mobile web content. The last of the two codes were installed on the Sixth Street Bridge, QR one and two in May, following completion of the Promenade. These were partially funded by a Black Hills Knowledge Network grant. Friends of RC Parks are going to debut them during the Flood Memory Walk. With a click of a smart phone over interpretive signs along the Leonard Swanson Bike Path viewers will be taken to the past with first hand audio and video recollections of the 1972 Flood, or can click them into the present with information and statistics about how Memorial Park is used today. For more information on the Fourth Annual Flood Memory Walk contact Suzanne Martley, executive director of Friends of Rapid City Parks at 605.786.2496.


View more information on the Rapid City Flood visit the Rapid City Public Libraries Flood Page or our Black Hills and Rapid City Flood of 1972 Knowledge Network page.


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