SIOUX CENTER—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 their update with the Sioux Center City Council at its regular meeting Thursday, Jan. 24.
Sioux Center Trails Council members Brian Van Engen and Daryl Ten Pas noted its council’s priorities is to add the city’s existing seven 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,” Van Engen said.
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 Seventh Avenue Northeast then runs along the north of the Tall Grass condos and the south side of the new Interstates site.
Second, the trails 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 Vision Builders’ planned WoodBridge residential development area.
“Ideally, what we’d like to do next is create a trail segment connecting Ninth Street Southwest to the Walmart 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 Southeast toward an area where multifamily 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.