SHERIDAN — Progress on a proposed indoor tennis facility for Sheridan is moving forward, according to Sheridan Recreation District Director Richard Wright.
At the district’s monthly board meeting yesterday, Wright reported that the Sheridan Community Tennis Association has received bids from two companies for the construction of a covered, or tented, tennis facility.
“They have not made any decisions yet,” Wright said. “Both bids are around $300,000. That does include installation. They want to investigate having a local contractor put this structure up. They think they can save some dollars that way.”
Wright said that the SCTA has written a grant proposal for $50,000 to the United States Tennis Association that would help defer the amount of money that would need to be raised locally.
The SCTA is spearheading the effort and will maintain the facility, including the payment of utility bills.
Wright said the recreation district will benefit from the project as it will allow for expanded tennis lessons offered through the district.
“We’re trying to keep moving,” said Wright. “Things seem to be progressing faster than in the past and that is a good thing.”
In a similar project, Wright reported to the board that concrete work on the Thorne Rider storage/hitting facility will likely begin in a couple weeks. The project is headed by the Sheridan Athletics Association and Wright said they have been very successful in their fundraising, raising approximately $100,000. The recreation district board voted to provide the group with $10,000 at its January board meeting. The facility will be operated by American Legion Trooper Baseball.