Second Crossroads Park workshop

Kade Sneiderman of Sheldon looks over some of the options during the Crossroads Park workshop on Monday, Jan. 21, at Crossroads Pavilion in Sheldon.

SHELDON—The city of Sheldon and the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation are hosting the third public workshop for the future Crossroads Park.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, in the Sheldon Community Services Center.

City and SCDC officials will ask Sheldon residents to share their thoughts, ideas and concepts for a proposed 40-acre area adjacent to Crossroads Pavilion that has a borrow-pit pond at its core.

The park is being designed by RDG Planning & Design of Des Moines, the same firm that designed the $5.3 million event center that anchors the Crossroads area on Sheldon’s east side.

The last workshop was held on Monday, Jan. 21, and the discussion was led by Mike Bell of RDG.

During his presentation, Bell showcased rough renderings of what shelter houses, signs and other basic amenities could look like and where they could be located. He also highlighted five potential features for the park:

  • A great lawn, which would be next to the event center and could host up to 4,000 people for an outdoor event.
  • A walking trail around the borrow-pit pond and potential concrete steps that could provide direct access to the water.
  • A nature-heavy aesthetic for the park.
  • A fishing pier stationed in the deepest part of the pond.
  • A neighborhood component with a water play feature — a more basic version of a splash pad — and an adventure playground. The idea behind this suggestion is to make park suitable for adjacent homeowners with families while also making the park at large a wider attraction.

About 40 people flowed in and out of the workshop, which was held at the Pavilion.