In December 2020, all equestrian activity at Horsepark, including horse shows, boarding, and training, were paused in order to allow public input into the process of evaluating further the necessary investment to meet Regional Water Quality Control Board requirements for equestrian activities while simultaneously considering the needs of the community.
In January 2021, the board appointed an ad-hoc committee whose sole purpose is to gather the community input and work with staff to identify possible resolutions that would result in equestrian activity resuming at Horsepark in 2022.
Over the past several months, the Horsepark Ad-hoc Committee has been working with staff and the community to develop a better understanding of the range of cost estimates for the water quality improvements, historic profit and loss of the operation, past capital investments and improvements, estimated costs for needed future capital investments and improvements, consideration for the potential changes in requirements associated with RWQCB permits, and funding opportunities.
The committee and staff continue to move with deliberate speed to define a path forward, providing updates and information at regular intervals to the board, with the goal of presenting several scenarios for the full board’s consideration this summer. At this time, three potential scenarios that have previously been mentioned and may be presented for final consideration include:
- The 22nd DAA continues to operate Horsepark
- The 22nd DAA enters into a public/private partnership to invest in and operate Horsepark
- The 22nd DAA contracts with an operator to make the investment into Horsepark
Below is a timeline and summary of significant information and action taken to date.