With new areas of Sioux Center developing, recreation trail planners are proposing trail additions to connect new areas and add to recreation options. Members of the Sioux Center Trails Council shared priorities for adding to the city’s existing 7 miles of recreation trail that connects neighborhoods and amenities throughout Sioux Center.
“Trails continue to rise in importance for people, and that’s a trend we see across the state,” said Trails Council member Brian Van Engen. The trend is local, too, with respondents for the local 2018 Community Survey ranking recreation trail additions as a top priority for future planning.
Van Engen outlined four proposed areas to extend the recreation trail system in Sioux Center. First, this spring, the city plans to add a stretch that begins at the existing trail along 7th Ave. NE then runs along the north of the Tall Grass condos, along the south side of the new Interstates site.
Second, the council proposes a link from the trail near Sioux Center Health’s hospital campus to the trail near Crown Pointe, planning that connection for the 2019-20 fiscal year. This would connect the planned WoodBridge residential development area.
“Ideally, what we’d like to do next, is create a trail segment connecting 9th Street Southwest to the Wal-Mart area in southern Sioux Center. Fourth, we’d like to create a new segment starting near the planned WoodBridge area and running south along 13th Avenue SE toward an area where multi-family residential development is planned,” Van Engen said. “We’re looking at where development is happening and where people are going to be, making sure we plan for trails there.”
The Trails Council is also looking at adding sharrows, street markings that help vehicle awareness of bicycle traffic, to connect parts of the trail system, including a link to downtown shopping and dining.
The council is a volunteer group that advises the Sioux Center City Council. Anyone interested in working to promote, improve and extend recreation trails in the community can contact Darryl Ten Pas at the City Office (712) 722-0761 about joining the council.