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City Council hears presentation about proposed tennis facility

SHERIDAN — Sheridan City Council heard a presentation from Lorna Brooks with the Sheridan County Tennis Association at its meeting Monday about the proposed conceptual plans for a covered tennis facility at Thorne-Rider Park.

A formal vote of approval was not needed from the council since the conceptual plans were administratively approved by the city’s planning division, according to a staff memo. Eventually city council will need to approve the tennis association’s intent to submit for a building permit.

At this point, plans are to cover two courts at Thorne-Rider with a steel-framed tent structure that will stand just over 37 feet tall. Maximum building height in an R-2 residential district is 35 feet, but the tennis association is hoping the height will be allowed because it is optimal for tennis.

The SCTA has raised approximately $200,000 and needs to raise another $200,000 through grants and other forms of fundraising in order to complete the project, Brooks said. It is proposed that the facility will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Councilor Levi Dominguez told Brooks he’s been asked by several people how the association plans to pay the estimated $900 to $1,200 monthly utility costs in the winter. Brooks said she didn’t know at this point but that a contract will be worked out with the Sheridan Recreation District that will address that issue.

The association plans to charge a membership fee to pay for operating costs. Fees will range from $20 per month for singles to $50 per month for families. The non-member fee is proposed to be $12 per hour for the public.

“When you do something like this and provide the opportunity year-round, people will come out of the woodwork,” Brooks said.

The SCTA currently has more than 200 members.

Brooks said the SCTA has received letters of support for the project from the Sheridan Recreation District, the Sheridan Athletic Association and the North Main Neighborhood Association.

City council did vote to endorse the tennis association’s efforts and write a letter of support to be used for grant submissions.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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