The Sunset Park and Recreation Foundation, in partnership with Seaside Kids Inc. last week received a $50,000 donation from the Herche family for the indoor training facility project.
The donation will also allow completion of work to outfit the concession stand that was not originally budgeted for the $244,000 project.
The donation will help complete construction, pay for the nets and turf, as well as equipment to outfit the facility to have it ready for athletes, Scott White of Seaside Kids Inc. said.
The facility is expected to be completed in mid-October, with a grand opening in early November.
Mary Herche delivered the check to White, Skyler Archibald, executive director of the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District, and project manager Chris Corder.
“This donation will ensure that we are able to complete the building construction and outfit the building in the ways the heads of our programs see fit for the best usage by our athletes,” White said.
The building stands on a 56-foot-by-86-footprint and consists of an engineered pole building with steel roofing and siding matching the green buildings in the park now.
The interior features a low-impact turf-type floor with plywood walls and four net systems, a players’ lounge and storage. An indoor cage facility provides space for youth and high school athletes to hit year-round.
The city owns the land and the park district and Seaside Kids bear liability.
While there will be opportunities for outside groups to rent the space, Seaside Kids and Seaside High School would have priority for use.
Utilities will be paid by the park district and Seaside Kids, at a cost expected about $2,500 per year.
Bathrooms will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and when rentals or activities are going on at Broadway Field.
Seaside Kids, an all-volunteer organization committed to providing free sports for the youth of our community, welcomes future donations, White said.
“As far as donations directly earmarked for the facility, we still have a lot of work to complete and things always come up, but we feel our funding level along with our in-kind donations from local builders and craftsmen will allow us to complete the facility,” he said.
“I was impressed by the notes we got this week about the Herche family making such a large contribution to the batting cage,” Michael Hinton, a park district board member, said at last Tuesday’s board meeting. “I hope the city’s OK with naming it the ‘Herche Family Batting Cage.’”