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Launching the Covered Arena Project

Artist rendering of Covered Arena Plans 

A note from Todd Trewin, President

Dear Friends and Associates:

On behalf of the Washington State Horse Park Authority Board, I'm delighted to report the Park received $2.0 million in the State's Capital Budget that the Legislature and Governor signed into law last week. This award is designated specifically for our non-profit organization's covered arena project. Combined with other funds already secured, we are almost 80% of the way toward the full project cost of $4.6 million for the arena and associated build out.

Please read the below Press Release and related information and share the news with others you think may be interested. This new covered structure - almost an acre under one roof - will be the Park's fifth arena and the centerpiece for many daytime and evening activities. What a wonderful new asset to be used and enjoyed by our regional horse community.

I want to thank all those who have helped bring the Park to this momentous point in its evolution. You know who you are, and we hope you're justifiably proud of this milestone.

Todd D. Trewin
President, the Authority Board

Press Release


January 23, 2018

Leslie Thurston, Executive Director
(877) 635-4111 director@wahorsepark.org
Washington State Horse Park
PO Box 278, Cle Elum, WA 98922

Horse Park’s Covered Arena Project Receives State Funding

CLE ELUM, WA— A covered equestrian arena for the Washington State Horse Park in Cle Elum took a big stride forward last week, as state lawmakers approved a $4.6 billion capital budget. Included in the budget is $2.0 million in funding for the Horse Park project.

“Thanks to hard work by Senator Judy Warnick and others, this major achievement starts us on a path toward breaking ground” said Todd Trewin, eventing Olympian and President of the WA State Horse Park Authority Board. “We’ve designed an arena that will allow the Park to host larger events, expand our season from five to nine months, and broaden the range of equestrian disciplines we serve.”

The $4.6 million arena project includes a 150 x 300 ft. competition space surrounded by a 25 ft. overhang – about an acre under cover - plus related infrastructure improvements and visitor amenities. It will be the centerpiece of the 112-acre Park, which brings over 30 thousand tourists to Kittitas County and an estimated $3.0 million in local economic benefits annually.

Said Senator Warnick, also a member of the Park’s Authority Board, “Despite its name, the Park isn’t a state agency. It’s a non-profit that has generated broad support from the horse community. This is only the second time the Park has asked the state for funding, the first being for seed money to open in 2010. It has a self-sustaining operating budget and is a terrific example of a private public partnership.”

The covered arena project was cited as a high priority strategic objective of the Kittitas County Tourism Infrastructure Plan and Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Plans in 2016. The project was approved last year by the Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners to receive $1.5 million in a County Lodging Tax capital grant. The state’s $2.0 million support provides the required matching funds for the county grant to move forward.

In addition, private funding of $113,000 has been raised for the project through the Park’s annual fundraising events and corporate sponsorships. Park management plans to step up its efforts with private and public partners to generate the remaining funds for the project.

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