A Stevens Point company wants the public to weigh in on a major expansion. A multi-million dollar renovation project is underway at SentryWorld.
The sports complex is closed right now, set to re-open next summer. But until then leaders there want to hear from you.
When it's all said and done, SentryWorld will look a lot different. Business leaders does plan to have tennis courts, along with a pro shop, restaurants, a banquet hall, and a new golf course.
"We have an opportunity with the renovation to think differently then we've thought in the past. We didn't want our thoughts to be limited by past experience. That's why we asked the community to come and share their thoughts with us," said SentryWorld Communications Director Stephanie Smith.
The company hosted the first of three listening sessions to gather feedback. Another is scheduled on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m.- noon, and the final session is on Monday, Nov. 5 from 6-8 p.m. You're asked to reserve a session by calling (715) 346-6779.
"I was just curious as to what would be with the tennis courts. From what I gather it sounds like there will be tennis courts, it's just a matter of what they'll be like and eventually how the building will be configured," said Paul Mirman of Stevens Point.
People can also share their opinions online. More than 500 people have taken a survey (http://www.sentryworld.com/).
"Whoever is doing what they're doing is listening to you. At least they are listening to you," said Mirman.
SentryWorld leaders say the expansion isn't just about sports.
"We just want to make sure that as the architects are designing it, it is truly a multipurpose space that can accommodate community events and activities," said Smith.
All suggestions of course, are suggestions, but SentryWorld officials say they'll look at everything, going forward.
Company leaders won't say how much this project costs, but they say it's paid for privately through the company.