Changes are ahead for one of Sioux Center’s largest parks.
The Sioux Center City Council approved adding paved parking and a trailhead in Children’s Park.
Sioux Center Parks Director Lee Van Meeteren said these improvements will help meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act for accessibility, a need emphasized during the community’s Parks Master Planning process last summer.
“This is the first step of making that park 100 percent accessible to everybody in the community,” Van Meeteren said.
In the near future, additional discussions will take place about adding a new enclosed shelter house and public restrooms. The proposed air-conditioned shelter house will be centrally located in the park, seat 85-100 people and include a kitchenette and an arts and recreation classroom.
The paving work and trail head are slated to start this summer. Van Meeteren asked for the public’s patience and cooperation as parts of the park will be closed for construction throughout the summer months.
These improvements also part of shaping Children’s Park as a “destination park,” Van Meeteren said. The park offers playground equipment, gathering spaces, disc golf, a trail connection, basketball hoop, and large green spaces
The Children’s Park trail head will offer parking for people who are bringing their bikes into town to get on the Sioux Center recreational trail system, which offers about 7 miles of paved trails connecting neighborhoods, parks and schools across Sioux Center.
“If you’re looking for a place to get on the bike trail system, this will be a great place to do that,” Van Meeteren said. “It’s our largest park other than Open Space Park, and we want to try to have something there for everybody, somewhere you can bring your whole family.”