The Shepherd's Garden was designed as a project to transform a blighted site in downtown Sioux City into a permanent Christian themed public park and meditative green space for the community of Sioux City.
For a decade the quarter block site at 6th and Jackson Streets in downtown Sioux City has been an eyesore. Formerly occupied by the Sioux City YWCA, the building was red tagged and knocked down in 2005, leaving the foundation in place and the shell of the building on the prominent location. The current condition was deteriorating with no potential in sight for development. It remained that way until a group of concerned individuals were inspired to develop a plan for the site.
Shepherd's Garden Foundation was formed in 2010 with its mission to rehabilitate the space into a park in the midst of downtown Sioux City as a peaceful area to be used by the public while providing a visible reminder of Christian values and symbols.
Donations were secured to purchase the corner lot from Mercy Medical Center and over the next 5 years design plans were finalized, money was raised, and in 2014 construction work began. The project was completed and opened in 2015.