After many months of meetings and submission of ideas, plans for the proposed new Sheldon Park are nearly ready for presentation to the Sheldon City Council for their consideration.
Wednesday night, Mike Bell of RDG Planning and Design discussed final plans with a small group of citizens meeting in the Sheldon Community Services Center.
The new park is proposed for the area South of Sheldon Crossing and East of Country Club Road. The plans discussed at the meeting include 52 residential lots on the west side of the area. On the north end bordering Sheldon Crossing there will be space for either multi-family housing or commercial businesses. The area just south of this area would contain playground equipment, a basketball half court, and possibly a place for sand volleyball.
The Northeast portion of the area would have a RV park for 24 units. All of these would be pull-through lots with plenty of space between the units. There would be a large open space grassy area adjacent to these features.
Other features that are proposed include several fishing areas, a lot of trails and paths, an outdoor amphitheater, shelters, picnic tables and a winter activity area. Bell also proposed shrubbery and trees for the south end of the park which would separate it from the railroad.
One major feature that had been brought up in previous meetings is a lodge that would accommodate up to three hundred people for occasions such as weddings. The lodge could include an office, a small kitchen, small meeting rooms, and many other features.
Bell will prepare the ideas that he has heard during the series of meetings for a presentation to the Sheldon City Council March 21st.
This will include some estimates on cost of the park amenities. He explained that the City would probably develop the park over a period of time, starting with a series of independent projects such as roads and trails.