The City Council is looking into best serving Sioux Center with local park and recreation improvements as our community continues to grow.
This summer, RDG Planning and Design gathered input from stakeholders, studied Sioux Center’s demographics and mapped the layout of our park system to create a parks master plan. This plan will help city leaders anticipate future local needs and shape park improvements for coming years.
Mike Bell, of RDG, discussed a draft of this plan with the council this week, noting Sioux Center is growing across all age levels.
“Sioux Center is a place to move to rather than away from. Sioux Center’s parks are part of the success story,” Bell said. “Now you're looking at what type of facilities should you offer – not in the past, but in the future – to offer what your growing community needs.”
Sioux Center boasts 72.5 acres of parks, which is about 10 acres per 1000 people. RDG noted this is less than communities similar to Sioux Center.
RDG’s report suggested both enhancing Sioux Center’s existing parks and adding trails and recreation spaces with an eye toward multi-generational and family recreation.
Bell discussed the possibility of a future sports complex as well as parks that offer open space and feature natural resources. He highlighted local requests for more water play.
The report discussed areas that could be served by adding parks, and potential growth areas for new parks in Sioux Center. Accessibility should continue to be a priority throughout the park system, Bell said.
“As the community continues to grow, the Parks Master Plan will assist in reviewing our existing park system and help create orderly development in the future, including adequate green spaces and parks. Information in the plan will be valuable in guiding the Parks Board and City Council in their planning efforts,” said City Manager Scott Wynja.
Photos: Council members tour Regency Park (top photo) and the city parks maintenance shed.