COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

The city is considering adding new equipment to the Rose Hill Park at the corner of 14th Street and Grandview Boulevard. The equipment would include a firefighter-themed splash pad, sidewalks, landscaping elements, fencing and a small shelter. 

Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal file

SIOUX CITY | Rose Hill Park would be the latest location for a city-owned splash pad, under plans for several grant-funded improvements at the northside park up for consideration by the City Council Monday.

The plan for the new splash pad comes after Rose Hill residents overwhelmingly voiced support for the new amenity on the lot north of the existing park at 1431 Grandview Blvd. 

Robert Corey, a longtime member of the Rose Hill Coalition, said he supports the splash pad, which would provide a positive summer activity within walking distance for many of the families with small children who live in the area.

"The closest swimming pool in this neighborhood (Cook Pool) is being taken out," he said. "It's something that'll give the younger neighborhood kids something to do in the summertime."

The city closed Cook Pool in Cook Park at the end of the 2016 season.

The council will vote Monday whether to enter a consulting services agreement with Ground Effects of Sioux Center, Iowa, for design and construction administration of the Rose Hill project. 

Amy Keairns, the city's neighborhood services project coordinator, said the project funding will come entirely through Community Development Block Grant dollars.

The city has been investing grant money in Rose Hill since it created the Rose Hill Urban Renewal Area in 2004, which allowed the city to receive federal funding for projects in a roughly 30-block area bounded by 12th, 18th and Douglas streets and Perry Creek. The city is now winding down public improvements in the area. 

The proposed splash pad would carry a firefighter theme to fit with the rest of the park, which was built in 1998 and dedicated to Sioux City Fire Rescue. 

Sioux City has in recent years added new fire department-themed park equipment and a basketball hoop to the park. It now owns the lot directly north of the park, which is where the splash pad will be located. 

Residents voiced their support for the project in late September, when the city hosted a public input meeting on how to improve and expand the park. More than 100 people attended the event, with a majority supporting the idea of a splash pad. 

The city project will also include on-site sidewalks, tree and landscape improvements, a perimeter fence, a small shelter and other furnishing such as a bench, tables and trash receptacles. 

Like Corey, Kearins said the splash pad will be a good fit for the park because it would serve a large number of families with small children who live within walking distance, as well as shut down at night so as not to disturb nearby residents. 

If all goes according to schedule, Keairns said, the project will be complete next year. 

The city also runs splash pads at Leeds Park and Dale Street Park and plans to open new splash pads at Cook Park and Cone Park later this year.

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