The City of Sheridan took a new approach when designing the North Main reconstruction slated to begin next year. They started by asking City residents to become involved before any other planning efforts began. The same process is being used when considering the future of the “South Park” area, purchased by the City last year. City Councilor John Bigelow:
One of the unresolved issues was whether or not to allow bow hunting in the park. Many people oppose it based on the use of the area by children.
Plans include filling the area with “adventure trails” that would not be a formal part of the current pathways, however, the park would be a major component in extending the pathway system further south. It currently ends in Sheltered Acres Park at the end of Emerson Street. Former Sheridan Mayor Jim Wilson:
Yesterday’s presentation is the first step in the process of turning the area into a City park. Now, the City will have to find funding for any improvements in the park. The park would remain mostly undeveloped since a majority of it lies in the 100-year flood plain. Work will continue on the project and the final plan will be incorporated into the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan.