With sweeping views of the grassy hills and trees and a modern, warm-toned interior, the new Children’s Park shelter house offers a welcoming place to gather and enjoy the park.
The new climate-controlled, accessible shelter house is now open for reservations year round for events, business meetings, and family gatherings.
“Our goal was that the park renovations and shelter house bring people to the park, and give them a reason to meet here,” said Sioux Center Parks Director Lee Van Meeteren. “We want it to be comfortable for all and to reflect its park setting.”
The enclosed shelter house has tables and seating for up to 110 people and includes a kitchenette area and accessible restrooms. A separate entrance leads to an arts classroom with an attached office for Sioux Center Arts. The building was designed to be eco-friendly with LED lighting and smart thermostats.
A new parking area was added near the shelter house, as was a new section of paved trail linking to the existing recreation trail, and a trail head for people to start their walk or bike ride along the paved route, all adding to accessibility and encouraging people to use the park.
There are plans to remove the existing enclosed shelter house near the park entrance due to its dilapidated condition and provide additional green space in that area. Looking forward, the Sioux Center Parks Board is considering additional enclosed shelter houses in future park planning.
In Children’s Park, construction will continue with a new restroom facility to be built later this fall. There are ongoing plans to create more accessible play areas in this park as well. Van Meeteren said community input and long-term parks planning have shaped the Children’s Park improvements including the shelter house.
“We want to take great care of this facility so our community can enjoy it for a long time,” he said.
People can reserve the Children’s Park shelter house by contacting the All Seasons Center staff, at 712-722-4386, or online at siouxcenter.maxgalaxy.net. Full-day reservations are $300 plus a $100 deposit, and half-day reservations that finish before 4 p.m. are $150 plus the deposit.
Photo: Sioux Center Parks Director Lee Van Meeteren (left) welcomes the public to the new Children's Park shelter house.