Says Rapid City parks and Rec director Jerry Cole:
There isn't anything within Rapid City like this. There isn't anything within 99 percent of the cities in the United States like this. This is unique....
This has the potential to change Rapid City for the betterment of the community and the visitors that will come here [quoted by Emilie Rusch, "New Park Drawing National Praise," Rapid City Journal, 2009.11.30].
But also note, City of Madison, this amazing trail system was built with zero tax dollars and no eminent domain. All it took was a community, including some smart donors, who recognize the cultural and economic value of good recreational infrastructure.