Horsepark Committee to Present Recommendation to Fairgrounds Board at June Meeting

Published On: May 6th, 2021

When the 22nd District Association Board of Directors (22nd DAA) meets on June 8, 2021, the Horsepark Ad-hoc Committee will present options to resume equestrian activities at the Horsepark facility in 2022.

The Board created the Horsepark Ad-Hoc Committee to work with staff in evaluating the environmental requirements, cost estimates, ongoing operational costs for historic profit and loss of Horsepark operations and past capital investments/improvements, estimated costs for needed future capital investments/improvements, consideration for the potential changes in requirements associated with Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) permits, and to explore funding opportunities. In addition, the committee facilitated community feedback holding a public workshop to gather feedback, interest and ideas.

With the community interest in the future operations of the Horsepark facility, the Del Mar Fairgrounds website now features a dedicated page highlighting the timeline of events leading up to the decision to pause equestrian activity, and the Horsepark Ad-Hoc Committee’s continued progress in gathering information to provide the Board with a recommendation for action.

At a meeting scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, the committee plans on presenting three potential outcomes to the Board for consideration:

  • 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

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About the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Established in 1936, the Del Mar Fairgrounds is a world-class, multi-use, public facility with an emphasis on promoting agriculture, education, entertainment and recreation in a fiscally sound and environmentally conscientious manner for the benefit of all. The 22nd District Agricultural Association manages and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds on behalf of the State of California, and is governed by a nine-member board appointed by the governor. Fairgrounds operations are primarily funded by revenues generated by hosting events, the largest being the annual San Diego County Fair. For more information, visit

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