SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Recreation District board approved a funding request Wednesday for $10,000 to the American Legion baseball hitting and storage garage in Thorne-Rider Park.
American Legion baseball raised funds of their own and brought the project, a Cleary Building, in front of the SRD a few months ago, communicating their intentions to build a place to store equipment and vans as well as a long-desired indoor location for player hitting and throwing during winter months.
They broke ground on Tuesday in the Thorne-Rider parking lot across from the stadium.
Wednesday, board President Don Julian suggested the $10,000 contribution to the project, which the board agreed with. Money will come from the SRD’s savings account with the state called Wyo. Star.
The two groups drew up a use agreement, which the board evaluated at their December meeting, that will allow the SRD Webb Wright program to use the facility at specific times during the week, splitting time with the 40-some Jets and Troopers players.
While discussing their January-April 2013 Program Guide, the board focused on positive recent programs that they have found success in, despite the original ideas not being traditional to what they might have usually done in the past.
For example, the children’s tumbling program, in its second year, has been popular with about 50 kids across age divisions. The idea came from the public, and Sheridan College volleyball player Brittany Titensor led the first session of classes last year.
Julian added that anyone with program ideas and furthermore the ability to instruct a possible program is encouraged to bring that to the SRD.
“Tumbling is an example of something that’s out of the ordinary that can just take off,” he said.
Another unique program started when SRD employee Jamie Ostermeyer led an animal bandaging class this year.
Despite the Christmas break, Sheridan County School District 2 facility participation numbers were still high, Wright said, at 2,625 people in December, slightly down from the 2,805 in November.
Wright updated the board on the Sheridan Community Tennis Association’s progress in covering two of the courts at Thorne-Rider.
At the Design and Review Board meeting Tuesday, city officials discussed with the SCTA requirements such as utilities and building height.
The SCTA hopes to pay for utilities with the fees they will charge to use the facility, and the bubble structure will have an average height of 45 feet.
“It will be interesting to see what kind of use they get out of it,” board member Scott Hininger said.
The SCTA plans to hire a tennis pro for the facility, and said they would also like to own the structure. The agreement will be between the city of Sheridan, the SCTA and the Sheridan Athletic Association. The SRD will be mentioned in the agreement under responsibilities, leading programming.
The board also discussed Sheridan Travel and Tourism grant application deadlines, which are used for overnight sporting events. There is about $35,000 available to the 20 or so different groups who apply, Wright said.