SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Recreation District board of directors is very excited for the upcoming Doubleday Sports Complex. Even though the complex is a separate entity from the SRD, Doubleday will provide plenty of added field space in Sheridan to a number of organizations, including the recreation district.
Because of that, the SRD board approved a $10,000 donation to Doubleday at Wednesday’s board meeting.
Each organization involved in the creation of the Doubleday complex — the SRD, Sheridan College, Sheridan Youth Baseball, Sheridan Storm Soccer and Sheridan Softball Association, among others — was asked to donate around $10,000 to the project.
That money is set to be used during the planning stages, including the hiring of a project manager. The ball is already rolling on the process.
“The money is being spent now,” SRD executive director Richard Wright said at the board meeting.
SRD board chairman Don Julian has been heavily involved in the process. He also sits on the board for the Doubleday complex, and he and Richard Wright have been working with the Sheridan Community Land Trust and the North Main Interchange project to take full advantage of the area.
Julian noted that the interchange workers needed a place to move dirt during the project — the Doubleday complex land is close to the new interchange. The hope is to also involve SCLT to connect the pathways to the new complex.
In other news:
• It was a fairly good year for Kendrick Pool. The pool was only closed for eight days this summer, and despite a $35,000 loss — somewhat due to ongoing renovations — the Kendrick Park ice cream stand covered the deficit. The SRD scooped 7,000 gallons of ice cream in three and a half months, which helped the pool break even.
“Pools are money pits,” SRD business manager Rich Bridger said before clarifying that a push in budget was a positive for the district. Bridger also plans on increasing the fees at the pool slightly next summer, part of the board’s overall plan to gradually increase the fees over time.
• The SRD has a number of events coming up. The Morning Mayhem Halloween 6K race will take place on Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. at the SRD office. The race is $4 for kids 18 and under, $6 for adults, $8 for a pair and $10 for a family. There is also a 1-mile kids race and a 1-mile Halloween walk. Registration for the event starts at 8:30 a.m., and participants are encouraged to wear costumes as prizes will be awarded.
• Signups for the Halloween Hoopfest are open for any adult looking to compete in a 5-on-5 basketball tournament. The tournament will run Oct. 28-29 at the junior high and high schools. The cost to play is $150 per team. Teams can also sign up for the SRD’s men’s basketball league, which begins Nov. 2. The cost is $520 per team, and registration is open until Oct. 31.