AgriPark Back in Operation
College partners with Sheridan WYO Rodeo to resume community use of AgriPark
The public will again be able to rent the Sheridan College AgriPark, the college-owned rodeo arena located north of town on 40 acres donated by local artist and philanthropist Neltje. College officials announced today a partnership with the Sheridan WYO Rodeo board to manage rentals of the indoor barn.
The facility has been closed to the public since July 1, 2020 following budget cuts announced by NWCCD. According to President Dr. Walter Tribley, the partnership is an opportunity not just to resume renting the space to the public, but also to foster a deeper connection with the community.
“Both of our organizations want to see area citizens, especially youth, have access to the kinds of events and traditions that are part of the fabric of our culture,” said Northern Wyoming Community College District President Dr. Walter Tribley. “We believe this partnership will help ensure the facility is utilized to its full potential.”
Individual, small group and event rentals will be available. According to Billy Craft, president and CEO of the WYO Board, fees for usage will remain the same as they were during the 2019-2020 academic year. All current public health guidelines will be followed and there are limits on certain activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Craft says the new agreement ends June 30, 2021, but he foresees the potential of an ongoing partnership.
“This is really a win-win. We have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to schedule and operate the facility to the benefit of both Sheridan College and the community,” said Craft.
The Sheridan College Rodeo Teams will continue to practice in the facility and other events will be scheduled around their use. More information will be made available within the next week at www.sheridan.edu/agripark.