SHERIDAN — The city of Sheridan has considered two projects that would extend its pathways system in recent weeks, something the city has identified as a priority because of public feedback.
According to a survey included with the city’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan update, which council accepted over the summer, further extending and connecting Sheridan’s pathways system is the No. 1 improvement city residents hope to see to the city’s parks system.
In November, Sheridan City Council voted to accept a $250,000 grant from the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program.
The city plans to use that funding to contribute to the North Sheridan Interchange and the nearby Gateway Park, according to City Engineer Hanns Mercer.
Notably, Mercer said the city plans to use the funding to build a pedestrian bridge over Goose Creek that would connect Gateway Park with Wallop Park, formerly known as North Park.
City staff applied for the grant over the summer and announced Sheridan had been awarded the grant last month.
Acceptance of the WYDOT funding obligates the city to contribute $62,500 to the project, which Mercer said the city will take out of its Optional One-Cent Sales Tax revenues and its Public Benefit Fund.
Mercer said the city plans to do additional work on the pathways on the north end of town, though it likely will not be able to cover the costs of doing so with WYDOT’s TAP grant.
Kicking Horse Trail
Council will consider a request from the Sheridan Community Land Trust for funding for a trail extension that will cross city land at its regular council meeting Monday.
The SCLT has asked the city for $4,880 to fund a segment of the planned “Kicking Horse Trail,” an approximately two-mile pathway designed for shared hiking, biking and equestrian use that will connect the Hidden Hoot Trail to the Soldier Ridge Trail as part of the Soldier Ridge Trail System. The section in question would cross the Kendrick Municipal Golf Course.
The portion of the trail that crosses the golf course will not allow horses, Sheridan Public Works Director Lane Thompson said.
The requested funding would go toward building three multi-user fence crossings, a dog waste station, five wayfinding signs and pay for what the SCLT estimates will be roughly 100 hours of labor.
According to the item on Monday night’s agenda, the funding for the Kicking Horse Trail would come from the city’s One-Cent Optional Sales Tax revenues, though during a council study session last week, Thompson said the city also has the funding available in its pathway budget because it was able to secure the TAP grant.
While the SCLT has not been awarded the requested funding yet, the group’s letter to city council asking for the funds indicate it would begin developing the section of trail in Spring 2020.