Not only was the Riverfront Project discussed tonight but also the future campground located off of Highway 12, just north of the Siouxland Historical Railroad Association. Both projects were asking for residential input on what should be included in the projected plans to come.
“Well right now it’s kind of an eyesore so we’re looking forward to beautifying the area, says Matt Salvatore, Parks and Recreation Director of Sioux City.”
Just off Interstate 29 where the Argosy Casino used to stand, will be the site of a new outdoor recreation area. With the estimated cost of the project being over $800,000, no budget can be finalized until all designs are squared away. As for what will be included in the construction plans, that’s up to the residents.
“The public input for this project will determine what will happen with this site,” says Matt Salvatore, Parks and Recreation Director of Sioux City.
“Trails is the centerpiece of my personal wish list,” says Robert DeSmidt, resident.
“An area where people can go down to the river and enjoy the riverfront. Our Missouri riverfront, and Sioux Ctiy, that’s what it’s all about,” says Phyl Claeys, resident.
Other ideas included sports courts, restaurants, dog parks, even a zipline. While residents projected their proposals for the riverfront site, another outdoor recreation area is already in the works. A campground site off Highway 12 will soon be on its way towards completion giving people another outdoor option.
“We’re looking at 53 spots. We’d like to incorporate some recreational amenities. There will be some playgrounds, shelters, access to the river. It’s really a great spot for the location,” says Matt Salvatore, Parks and Recreation Director of Sioux City.
With an approved 2017 project budget of $500,000, designs for the campground wrap up this year and groundbreaking for the site will be done next year.
The push for additional outdoor recreational facilities stems from the hope of getting residents of Siouxland out of their homes and enjoying Mother Nature as well as promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. As for what’s to come with the Riverfront Project, another set of meetings will be held 4-6 weeks from now.