With several miles of walking and biking pathways stretching the length of Sheridan, two large parks and a multitude of neighborhood parks, recreationists and leisure seekers need not look far in Sheridan.
The town offers a total of 24 areas designated as park land, including six natural areas. Dayton, Story, Ranchester and Clearmont also have well-loved parks.
For a detailed list of parks and pathways, including maps with locations, visit www.sheridanwy.net.
From West Loucks Street, head north onto Badger Street. Located near the western border of Sheridan just blocks from downtown, the 56-acre park was once home to a city zoo and retains a wildlife refuge that supports several elk and bison. The animals can often be seen from the park or the sidewalks surrounding the refuge. In addition to the wildlife, Kendrick also boasts picnic pavilions, playgrounds, a swimming pool and ice cream stand. On summer evenings, the park’s bandshell is often used for outdoor concerts or movie showings.
To reach this natural park, head south on Coffeen Avenue then turn right on Brundage Lane, next turn right to enter the parking area. South Park is one of the more recent additions to the city’s park properties. Work has been done to clear noxious weeds, pave a pathway through the area and restore the creek that runs through the property. This park boasts natural wildlife including pheasants, deer and prime access to the creek for fishing.
This mostly undeveloped park boasts a pathway connection that makes a loop through some of the city’s marshy woods. The park is one of the newest additions to the city’s repertoire. To access the park, head north on Decker Highway. Turn left on Industrial Road and you’ll see the parking area on your left.
To reach this opportunity-filled park, head north on Main Street to 11th Street, turn left, then make a right turn at Spaulding Street to enter the park. Thorne-Rider boasts two baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and playground equipment. It also boasts a BMX bicycle track, horseshoe pits and walking paths. The park includes picnic shelters and a skateboard facility as well.
This park located in the southern section of town wraps around the curves of Little Goose Creek and offers tennis courts, playground equipment, picnic shelters and a disc golf course, all tucked next to a quiet Sheridan neighborhood.
Access the park off of Emerson Street, which is west of South Sheridan Avenue.
SHERIDAN LIONS CLUB PARK
Much works has been done on this park over the last few years, including the installation of fences to provide a dog park for Sheridan residents and visitors. The park is located at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and First Street. The dog park portion of the property includes water fountains, benches and tables for pet owners and paved areas for handicap accessibility. Here, dogs are allowed to be dogs, running off leash and playing. Outside of this exercise area, the park also features playground areas for children and picnic tables.