Lacroix Links, now a city-operated property, could receive a makeover in the near future. According to KOTA Territory News, the Rapid City city parks division is considering the future of the 25-acre former golf-course. The land is currently receiving basic maintenance from the parks division, but the city does not plan on maintaining the area as a golf course.
Previously, the golf course was leased from the city of Rapid City by the YMCA, which maintained and operated the course. In December, the organization notified the city that this operation was no longer financially feasible for them, so the course was returned to Rapid City. Use had dropped 26 percent in recent years, and youth participation in the golf program had dropped 46 percent, according to YMCA Executive Director Roger Gallimore.
The city’s parks division is currently considering how to use the 25 acres of land in the future. Possible plans for the space could include biking and hiking trails, a disk golf course, and further integration with neighboring city parks such as Centennial Park and the Minnesota Street soccer fields. The parks division hopes to bring proposals for Lacroix Links land before the city’s parks advisory board later this year or in early 2019.
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