Sidney Park Expansion

For their senior capstone project in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, four students create plans to expand features in Sidney's central downtown park. The space is relatively small, but the City wanted to add a multipurpose court for both basketball and pickle ball; a restroom; storage; and increased car and bicycle parking. The team calculated the wastewater runoff created by the additional surfaces in the park and also added a rain garden.

Located in southwest Iowa, Sidney is home to the largest continuous rodeo and a popular holiday walk. In the summer, the city shows movies in its downtown park. It needed more restrooms and parking for these visitors. It also wanted to provided a new opportunity for exercise and play for residents in the form of a multipurpose court that can be arranged for either basketball or pickle ball.

The design team calculated the best use of space for these additions, while also protecting a flat, grassy area that is used for summertime movies. Additionally, they made multiple decisions about materials and project phasing that will make the park expansion as feasible as possible for the small community.