SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Recreation District board heard an update from the Kendrick Pool steering committee at their regular meeting Wednesday.
Rec. District Director and steering committee member Richard Wright said that they met last week amid the recent Capital Facilities Tax discussion. The SRD board had applied for a place for the Kendrick Pool project on the Capital Facilities Tax ballot, which is set for November, but met to discuss options in moving foward with a new Kendrick Pool project if they were not placed on the ballot.
He told the SRD board that there is $100,000 available from the state of Wyoming for the pool, and whenever a project is set, $20,000 of that is available for planning, as the SRD board will be the ones presented with those money decisions when the time comes for recommendation and approval of a new Kendrick Pool project.
Beyond funding the project, elements such as location and fundraising for the new pool remain largely up in the air.
Possible locations discussed by the steering committee included North Main, Cloud Peak Park, south of Sheridan College and the old Central Middle School property now owned by Holy Name Catholic School. Rebuilding at the current location hasn’t been ruled out.
Fundraising efforts have yet to take place, and the committee wasn’t ready to approach them at this point.
Wright told the board Wednesday that the Thorne-Rider tennis courts re-surfacing project is complete. The board in August heard a proposal from the nonprofit Sheridan Community Tennis Association who wish to fund a project to enclose the Thorne-Rider courts. Under the still early-stages discussion, the SCTA would become a sub-lessee of the city courts from the Sheridan Athletic Association, managed by the SRD.
Wright talked to design and review officials with the city of Sheridan as well as the SAA to discover if the project was realistic. The biggest concern he heard from those he talked to was the issue of “public use” at the courts. He said the enclosure would perhaps be a bubble structure.
He planned to talk to neighbors surrounding Thorne-Rider Park as the structure would have about a 32-foot height.
Also from their August meeting, the board approved Wednesday going forward in a partnership with the Sheridan County School District 2 CARE program. The SRD would join staff and programming with the after school CARE program, with a goal of paring recreation and educational activities. The only costs incurred by the SRD would be staff hours.
The board also received a letter of thanks from Taste of Sheridan. The SRD donated $1,500 to the event, which is held on their property at Thorne-Rider Stadium.