Three new streets will border a brand-new park to be constructed this summer in northwest Grand Island.
Sterling Estates Park will be in the Sterling Estates Subdivision just west of Menards. A number of streets will be built simultaneously in the new subdivision, which will open more than 70 housing lots.
“The cooperation we received from the city really made this possible,” said developer John Niedfelt, president of Niedfelt Properties. “With the development of the park, the city is participating in some of the cost of the streets.”
Overall, the street project will cost $650,000. The city will pay about one-third and Niedfelt Properties the remaining two-thirds, Niedfelt said.
“With the investment (the city) is making in the park, they wanted to see streets all around the perimeter of the park completed,” he said.
Public Works Director John Collins said the timing just worked out on the partnership between the city’s Public Works Department, Parks and Recreation Department and the private developer.
“The city has a park going in, and we need some parking that needs to be installed adjacent to the road,” Collins said. “The developer needed concrete poured around to complete the subdivision plans.”
All the needs will be met in a comprehensive project this summer aimed at extending Norseman Avenue to the west and Ebony Lane to the north. Monarch Avenue will be added as an east-west street and Sunrise Avenue as a north-south street at Sterling Estates.
Those four streets will then border the new seven-acre Sterling Estates Park, for which the city bought land in 2008 for $88,000.
“As Grand Island grows, it’s important to expand the parks system to meet the outdoor recreational and quality-of-life needs of our community,” Parks and Recreation Director Todd McCoy said. “We think Sterling Estates Park will be a popular neighborhood-style park with connection to the hike/bike trail system.”
The Grand Island Parks and Recreation Department will spend $150,000 toward development of the park this year, McCoy said.
In this first year, park development will include grading, seeding, underground sprinklers, trees and the west side of a figure-eight walking trail.
McCoy plans to request an additional $150,000 in the next three city budgets to continue the park development. The second year would be for the east side of the walking trail, a small playground, trees, seeding and benches. The third year would include picnic shelters, a backstop, another playground and trees, and the fourth would include a concrete basketball court and benches.
Niedfelt said 22 townhome lots will be added this year along Norseman and Sunrise. That will be followed by townhome and single-family detached home lots along Monarch Avenue.
The housing development and the park development go hand in hand, Regional Planning Director Chad Nabity said.
“It’s a neighborhood park, which the city was waiting to develop until there was a neighborhood,” Nabity said.
As more facets of the park are developed, Niedfelt said, he sees that enhancing the interest in the housing.
“We’re excited about it providing a place for the residents to have some outdoor recreation very close for the families that have children and for anyone to enjoy it without having to drive far,” Niedfelt said.