New park planned in Sherman

By: Ruth Baker Email
By: Ruth Baker Email

SHERMAN -- A $3 million project is part of city officials' plan to beautify Sherman. The land has been in the hands of the city for years, and now they plan to utilize it with a brand new park.

Lots of people make the 3-mile trek around Fairview Park. But this park and others like it are in for a major make-over.

"We're extending Fairview Park walk and trail as we speak," says Sherman city manager George Olson.

Forty-three percent of land designated as ‘parks’ in Sherman is undeveloped, but now 120 acres off FM 1417 will soon look much different.

It's the master plan for Pecan Grove Park on Dean Gilbert Lake. Planners say the park will have fishing docks, trails, and even an outdoor amphitheater.

City officials hope to complete the project within the next two years.

"People are interested in walking and exercise and that's becoming more of a national agenda to get kids and adults out exercising to get in better health,” says Olson.

Allen Gilbreth is one Sherman resident who says he'd love to see a new park.

"(I’d like to see) different places so we can get a little exercise be able to keep the ol’ ticker going."

As the city expands and the population grows, Olson say it's better to complete this project now rather than later.

"You can't go back and create green space where there's no green space to be had."

On the national average, 74% of Sherman parks are rated fair or poor, sending families to surrounding cities.

With this project, Olson is hoping to change that percentage.

"Now we have it to where we can keep them home, they don’t have to drive to Dallas for the things we can provide here.”

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  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Jul 24, 2007 at 12:00 PM
    Jim, what makes you think I want money to fix up my house? don't jump to conclusions. My house is high and dry. I'm thinking about the hundreds of people who were displaced due to flooding caused by reckless development over the last ten to fifteen years. The city loves the revenue that the growth brought in, but they spend it all on fluff instead of the foundation. You don't go out and buy a big-screen tv while the termites are eating your foundation.
  • by Jim Location: Sherman on Jul 24, 2007 at 06:52 AM
    Richie while the flood was devastating yes. The city of Sherman is not going to hand over all the tax money to you to build a new house or renovate your current one. Thats rediculious to think they would. And David you are completly insane to want a fenced doggie playground! What! Get off your butt and play with your own dog instead of turning him loose in a city sponsored doggie babysitting area. Its great to try to attract people to the Sherman area with parks and programs but our city counsil has put the cart before the horse. We need the infrastructure and services to support all the "fluff" and pretty play things we are building.
  • by Betty Location: sherman on Jul 23, 2007 at 06:51 AM
    How bout some lighting around this new park. Remember some of the trails at Fairview aren't lit. Remember the lady that was attacked a few years ago?
  • by Richard Location: Sherman on Jul 22, 2007 at 09:32 PM
    Do I smell another bond election in our future? I hope the city will look to failed bond history related to parks and save the expense of an election. They seem to find a way to improve our parks anyway. My water pressure is poor and raw sewage flows thru the street when it rains, but my children can escape the hazards of our neighborhood by playing in a city park on the "other" side of town? I must echo the comments of C. D. There is much more to the health of a city than aesthetics.
  • by Randy Location: Sherman on Jul 22, 2007 at 03:49 PM
    Well, The mayor, one city councilmember, the city manager, and Dean Gilbert Jr. all played Bearcat football together. You do the math. If the people of Sherman are apathetic enough to sit back and let this happen to them, they get what they deserve.
  • by c.d Location: sherman on Jul 22, 2007 at 02:18 PM
    you know, i can think of some better places to spend $3 million. some other cities may spend crazy amounts like this on parks but at least they prioritize their money first on things like infrastructure, city services and well paid, quality employees. well i guess we see where our new city managers priorties are. the way i see it, a city is only as good as its infrastructure and services. thats my two cents
  • by d.b. Location: sherman on Jul 22, 2007 at 07:13 AM
  • by David Location: Sherman on Jul 22, 2007 at 06:21 AM
    This is a great move. Now I'd like to see them add a dog park. Most medium and large cities build parks for dogs that are fenced.
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Jul 21, 2007 at 07:28 PM
    Why is the city spending millions on parks when citizen's homes are flooding. Typical West Sherman arrogance. Ignore our real issues while chasing your desire to emulate Plano, Allen, and Frisco's so-called "quality of life". What about the quality of life for those folks whos homes flooded? We now know who our city council really cares about.....
  • by sherman Location: sherman on Jul 21, 2007 at 04:00 PM
    Thanks George, for cutting Police/Fire from 815,000 to 565,000....and spending 3 million like it's nothing. wow....
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