RAPID CITY, S.D. — The South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority (SDEDA) has announced the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Liberty Center recreation facility on Friday, April 9.
The ceremony will take place at the Box Elder City Hall and Community Center at 10:00 a.m.. Senator John Thune and Senator Mike Rounds along with other elected officials instrumental in the project will give remarks, followed by the ceremonial groundbreaking at 10:45 a.m.
The Liberty Center is a recreation facility planned to be completed in 2022, at a total cost of $12.6 million. It was designed by JLG Architects and construction services are being provided by Dean Kurtz Construction. The 60,000-square-foot building will provide Ellsworth Air Force Base airmen and the Box Elder community with a recreation area suited for a variety of activities, including sports and military ceremonies. It will also serve as a crucial replacement for the Pride Hangar, which is currently utilized for physical fitness activities on base.
The Liberty Center is part of the larger Liberty Plaza being developed by Dream Design International, Inc. in Rapid City.
The development is planned to include housing, retail and office space. The development’s goal is to support the growing population of Ellsworth Air Force Base in preparation for the arrival of the B-21 Raider. Building Liberty Plaza will add needed infrastructure, establish a new downtown in the city of Box Elder and revitalize the I-90 corridor and improve the quality of life for community members, military personnel and their families.