The Doubleday Sports Complex project has gained a lot of momentum over the last several months. Some of you may have noticed work being done at the site location north of town recently. Two full-sized rectangle fields are in their initial construction stages. Those fields have been graded and installation of an irrigation system will be the next phase before the fields are seeded this spring. These fields will be used to host soccer practices and games and other activities associated with green space.
This recent momentum has been made possible from the dedication of the Doubleday Sports Complex board and from donations of time and money from Casey Osborn with EMIT Technologies. The Sheridan County Soccer Association has also pledged a large contribution to make these fields happen.
Beyond having soccer fields, this facility would be a great asset to our community. This project expands the potential to have a multi-use complex with youth baseball and softball fields, adult softball fields, and pickle ball courts. Community support and local government support is essential as we look toward the future of such a great complex.
Our community was blessed with great weather in early December. As I have been logging running miles on our pathways to keep up with all of the great food I treat myself to over the holidays, I am so grateful for Sheridan’s parks. Steve Gage and his crew at the city parks department and Chuck Walters with the Sheridan Recreation District really do an excellent job maintaining our parks year-round. I appreciate all of their hard work.
The Sheridan Recreation District has transitioned into our indoor programs as the seasons have changed. Coming up next for us, in partnership with the YMCA, is kindergarten and first grade rimbusters basketball and sixth grade boys basketball. A few weeks ago on Dec. 8-9, we hosted the annual Holiday Inn Winter Shootout. We had a great turnout with 58 teams participating. A big thank you to the local teams who participated and all of the basketball officials who made the tournament a success.
For our adult recreation programs, women’s league basketball and co-ed basketball registration begins Jan. 2. Co-ed volleyball registration begins Jan. 23. If you’re interested and looking for some indoor activities this winter, put a team together or give the Sheridan Recreation District adult program supervisor Zach Stewart a call to get placed on a free agent list.
Today at 9 a.m. in Thorne-Rider Park, we will host our third annual Resolution Run 5k. The course will be dependent on road and pathway conditions, but it will be a great run to get into gear for 2019.
JD Williams started work for the Sheridan Recreation District full time on Dec. 5 as our youth recreation supervisor. We are very excited to have him on board. He brings a wealth of experience officiating and coaching a wide variety of sports. If you have any questions about our upcoming youth programs, give him a call at the Sheridan Recreation District office, (307) 674-6421.
From all of us at the Sheridan Recreation District, we hope you had a merry Christmas and wish you a happy New Year!
Seth Ulvestad is the executive director of Sheridan Recreation District.