UPDATE II: The city of Sioux Falls celebrates the 7th anniversary of the 10:30 a.m. Dec. 2, 2016 building collapse with…. You guessed it Bunker Ramp Ice Bumper Cars!

Saturday, Dec. 2

North Pole Jingle & Mingle | 1 to 5 p.m.

SANTA: Experience the magic of the North Pole with a visit to Santa and Mrs. Claus. Take a moment to share your holiday wish list and create a special memory to last a lifetime! 

CANDY CANE HUNT: Kick off your Candy Cane Hunt at the 10th Street Mural for instructions and riddles to help you search your way through downtown. Candy canes will be scattered throughout downtown businesses. Once you solve the riddles and find the candy canes come back to the 10th Street Mural to visit Santa and collect a prize.  

GLICE & FREE ICE BUMPER CARS: Come down and enjoy FREE Ice Bumper Car rides provided by First PREMIER Bank and First PREMIER Bankcard.

Just curious if anyone in the halls of city hall realized this very bad coincidence with a tragic event?

Tone deaf.

UPDATE: Seems city hall had to get their propaganda wing of the administration to generate a story quick. Well you heard it here first. And as we assumed, it is the same group of merry pranksters funding this bizarre installation;

MarketBeat is serving as the presenting sponsor of the event, in addition to the plaza it sponsors farther south on Phillips Avenue next to the federal courthouse.

The project “is a great example of how public and private entities can work together to get things done,” Paulson added. “We are really impressed with the work that the city and the Washington Pavilion have done in a short period of time to spin up a second holiday plaza at the parking ramp site.”

MarketBeat also sponsored the mural painted on the ramp earlier this year.

The synthetic ice is part of a sponsorship from First Premier Bank/Premier Bankcard, which originally helped purchase it, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire, which sold it to the city at a reduced cost.

It’s actually looks pretty fun, but I am still confused how all of this never made a public agenda. So now we are taking private donations for activities on public property with NO public process?

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A foot soldier called me a few moments ago to let me know the contraption they are building at the park by the bunker ramp will be a rink for ice bumper cars.

Who is paying for this?

A city official confirmed to me that no one has a clue who is funding this or where the concept is coming from.

Likely the usual suspects will appear as the likely donors.

But where was the public’s input?

Oh, that’s right, that doesn’t matter.

16 Thoughts on “UPDATE II: Who is bringing Ice Bumper Cars to the Bunker Ramp?

  1. My Mistake Mike on November 17, 2023 at 10:35 am said:

    Please tell me you forgot to include a Parody disclaimer.

  2. Mike Lee Zitterich on November 17, 2023 at 10:48 am said:

    The Park and Recreation System often takes applications from people or groups of people, even businesses or organizations who wish to utilize pubic parks for holding public events. These are not funded by tax dollars, but are funded privately by the event itself. Kind of like the Paddle Boats at Covell Lake, they were privately funded, but applied with the parks department to utilize a public park. I have no issue with this, and its within the tradition of the city to do so. There does not have to be a public meeting if it is a private organization asking to use a public park. It would be no different than if you pay for, or apply to use Rotary Park to host a ALL DAY EVENT to host a Bicycle Race once each month, or every Saturday between 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, etc. The city does not pay for these events.

  3. Jackalope on November 17, 2023 at 12:14 pm said:

    Novstrup’s Thunder Road? Ice edition?

  4. Very Stable Genius on November 17, 2023 at 2:22 pm said:

    I wish we had Bumper Boats in town like Rapid used to have…. Now, that would definitely bring in the tourists!….:

    FF: 01:50:



  5. My Mistake Mike on November 17, 2023 at 2:25 pm said:

    Hey MLZ, I think “utilizing a pubic park” will get you 20 years and a boyfriend on the hill!

  6. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on November 17, 2023 at 2:28 pm said:

    I’m not surprised. The Bunker Ramp has always been kind of an ice situation for our City Fathers.

  7. Further Fear & Loathing on November 17, 2023 at 2:54 pm said:

    Also, I believe it was the East Germans who used to excel at Ice Bumper Car competition at the Olympics. So, this addition will definitely complement the early 21st Century Post-Berlinism mural that is found at the Bunker Ramp….

  8. Fearing the Fuhrer & More on November 17, 2023 at 2:57 pm said:

    I get it. Corn holes in the summer, while ice bumper cars in the winter…. But is there any chance we could use the corn hole apparatuses as ramps for the ice bumper cars?….. Because that could make it a whole lot more fun….. 🙂

  9. Archie Bunkkeramp on November 17, 2023 at 2:59 pm said:

    Ramps? Be careful! That’s how my Uncle Leonard died. A bumper car landed on him…. It was electric….. 🙁


  10. Jon Jermane on November 17, 2023 at 3:03 pm said:

    I want all of you to watch the following video, and then remind yourself that the people in this video all voted for Trump twice and probably will again in 2024….. Even the hippie guy at 01:19 ……… :


    Maybe more mud and less ice, or how about a Bud, too?…. That might be nice….

  11. Fearing the Fuhrer & More on November 17, 2023 at 3:29 pm said:

    I used to know a guy who used to run away and go camping in a park every time Pride Weekend showed up….

  12. Very Stable Genius on November 17, 2023 at 3:39 pm said:

    I wish we still had the paddle boats at Covell Lake…. Mike, you should work on that one…. That’s kind of a West Sioux thing……

    ( and Woodstocks adds: “How come it’s not called Lake Covell, or Lake Wall?”….. “Who do we think we are around here?”….. “A bunch of Frenchies from Nord-Hari-Bourgeois?”…. )

  13. "Woodstock" on November 17, 2023 at 3:42 pm said:

    “No, wait a minute….. ‘Lake Covell’, or ‘Lake Wall’ would be French, would it not?”…. 🙁

  14. "Woodstock" on November 18, 2023 at 2:21 pm said:

    “Man, that ‘hippie guy’ at 01:19 must have found some really good shxt, because there’s no way a six pack of PBR could do that to you”…..

  15. The Guy From Guernsey on November 19, 2023 at 5:03 pm said:

    From the piece written by always reliable water carrier for the increasingly liberal political establishment of Sioux Falls:

    “The synthetic ice is part of a sponsorship from First Premier Bank/Premier Bankcard, which originally helped purchase it, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire, which sold it to the city at a reduced cost.”

    A local non-profit owned a sheet of artificial ice? WTF? Why?
    Turns out it was part of a “Winter Carnival” fundraiser a few years ago
    [ https://www.keloland.com/news/pop-up-ice-rink-built-in-downtown-sioux-falls/ ].

    On behalf of other Sioux Falls taxpayers, I say, “you’re welcome” to the Boys and Girls Club of Sioux Empire. Always happy to use the City coffers to provide liquidation of the dormant assets of organizations like this.

  16. Maybe we should make the new ice ribbon ‘Glice’ save us a lot of dough.

    A friend of mine made a good point about all this. I guess the city plans to install an ice ribbon at McKennan Park at the same time they install the one at Falls Park. As my friend points out, ‘Why not build the smaller ribbon at McKennan Park first, see how it goes for a season, see what kind of attendance and maintenance costs an issues and if it goes well, build the $16 million dollar facility, or tweak it. So now we are going to be building two ribbons we know nothing about and cross our fingers and hope they both work and are popular. I’m not opposed to an ice ribbon, I just think we should have done one on a smaller scale to see if people like it.

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