Frequently Asked Questions
The Monterey Horse Park (MHP) is a non-profit organization occupying approximately 110 acres of land, located in Parker Flats on the decommissioned military base, Ft. Ord., in Monterey County, California. MHP will host amateur equestrians in local, regional, national and international competitions. MHP will provide California with a world-class equestrian center while providing Monterey County with a sustainable economic boost.
The Monterey Horse Park, a nonprofit public benefit 501(c)3 corporation, was formed in 2001 by local equestrians to build the “high-quality equestrian center” which was designated in the Fort Ord Base Reuse Plan as one of its desired public recreational facilities.The Base Reuse Plan had been adopted in 1997 by the Fort Ord Reuse Authority, which was, and is, publicly governed by the County and all the Monterey area cities. The Plan had been adopted only after substantial input from the County, the cities and the public at large. MHP was originally part of the 2012 San Francisco Olympic Bid and was slated to host the equestrian competition.
For 16 years, since adoption of the Base Reuse Plan in 1997, Monterey residents have looked forward to an equestrian center at Fort Ord which, since 2002, has been planned by the Horse Park for Parker Flats. Most recently there is new initiative under way that in its efforts to block corresponding developments such as, Monterey Downs, puts the Monterey Horse Park at risk. To keep the Horse Park alive, it is important that voters reject the ill-considered “Access Alliance” initiative.
Monterey Horse Park property is currently owned by the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA). MHP has a letter of agreement and understanding that Monterey Downs is acting as the developer, working with the County of Monterey and Seaside, for the entire project. MD is paying for munition clean up and funding the Environmental Impact Report. Once the project is approved MHP will receive a fully entitled property to begin to build. To date, over $2M has been spent by Monterey Downs to provide the required documents to the County of Monterey and the City of Seaside. MHP will remain a non-profit, and raise funds to support the construction of the project.
We anticipate temporary facilities on the MHP parcel about 2017. The project will be built out in a phased approach.
Munitions clean up is underway and the project is open for public comment. Various local meetings occur ranging from Seaside City Council to Monterey County Board of Supervisors meetings where the project is listed on the agenda and we encourage the public to attend and speak in favor of the benefits that Monterey Horse Park brings to the community.
The complete MHP plan includes show facilities, trails and trailheads, RV parking, horse camping, cross country courses and stabling for shows. There is a list of the facilities anticipated both in Phase One and the final build out. There are 110 acres for facilities plus another 80 acres of habitat preserve. Click here to view a detailed sitemap.
Plans are underway to build a trailhead for good access to the BLM and FORHA lands.
MHP is working with community representatives from the cycling, running, events and equestrian communities to catalogue, inventory existing trails and identify various trail uses including discussions of shared and single use trails. There are a series of community outreach meetings, which are very important for equestrians to attend to ensure the voice of the entire equestrian community is heard.
In addition to the above listed events, shows, pony club, trail-riding access, horse camping, therapeutic riding, programs for at-risk kids, para-equestrian programs, sportsmanship, education and clinics will be featured in the park. In addition, to programmed activities MHP is excited about the opportunities to build a museum of the history of the California Horse.
Discussions are underway regarding an equestrian team, native grass program, barn and equestrian management and a Veterinarian Technician program.
MHP will use potable and reclaimed water.
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Ft. Ord was de-commissioned in the early 1990’s . Adopted in 1997 after more than 5 years of community meetings, planning and outreach, the Fort Ord Reuse Plan was developed in concert with the Habitat Management Plan (HMP). The Reuse Plan and HMP preserve habitat while supporting economic recovery after closure of the base.
- To bring back people and jobs lost when the base was de-commissioned
- To preserve 18,000 acres of open space (65% of the base)
- To provide recreational opportunities for the public
Housing, business park, golf course, equestrian center. The former Ft. Ord is 28,000 acres. The land was allocated as follows:
- 18,000 acres for habitat reserve
- 4,000 acres for open space, parks, public facilities and visitor serving uses
- 2,300 acres for education and research space
- 2,000 acres for residential space
- 1,500 for office and retail space
Monterey Downs is a planned community focusing on equestrian interests and providing new jobs, expanded tourism, recreational amenities, educational opportunities and residential communities. Presentations are available for interested community groups, please visit: www.montereydowns.com
Monterey Horse Park is situated within the planned development area and is consistent with the Reuse Plan. MHP property is a clean up site and has a different requirement and protocol for clean up – requires extensive review of the dirt to be cleaned up.
- 100 permanent jobs, plus 500 construction jobs over 10 years
- $12 to $15 Million in new annual tax revenues
- Approximately $100 Million in annual gross revenues from retail, hotel and weekly events
- MHP will be fiscally neutral to the County and City’s General Funds.
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We’ve had many questions regarding the recent Monterey Downs events. Primarily, “how does this effect the Monterey Horse Park?”
The short answer is that we’re not sure. We know that, in the face of law suits by KFOW and Landwatch, the City of Seaside decided to rescind their approvals of the General Plan and Specific Plan, to de-certify the EIR, and to send the projects back to the Seaside Planning Commission for modifications.
Thursday was a huge step toward our dream of a Horse Park. The Seaside City Council certified the EIR. They also approved the Specific Plan and the General Plan, which will require a second vote November 17.
Over the past 20 years, horse parks in other Western States have contributed greatly to their communities. There is much more information regarding the economic impact of horse parks on local communities. Soon let’s be reading about the impact of the Monterey Horse Park on Seaside!
For anyone who has participated in a horse show, be it at the national, state or local level, there is no doubt that these activities generate a lot of money. The American Horse Council’s Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States study includes some impressive statistics that confirm the significant impact of the horse show industry.
Home to more equine events than any other city in the world, Oklahoma City is the venue of choice for more than a dozen top national and world championship horse shows, attracting riders from across the nation – and world – each year.
Not only do Oklahoma City horse shows provide family fun entertainment, they make a substantial contribution to the city’s economy.
Horse Shows in the Sun, Inc. is pleased to release the results of an extensive economic impact study of their 2014 horse show series held each January – March at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida.
Horse Shows in the Sun located in Thermal, CA is a seasonal venue offering a series of 8 horse shows each winter. Each week brings 3000 horses, 10,500 horsemen and horsewomen and 25,000 spectators to Thermal. Most importantly, $120,000,000 is added annually to the local economy in money spent on food, lodging, living expenses and entertainment. Imagine what a year round facility such as the Monterey Horse Park could bring in!
This Thursday, November 10, the EIR Certification will once again come before the Seaside City Council and this time we hope there will be a vote.
Thursday night’s Seaside City Council meeting was well attended by numerous MHP supporters and board members. A number of persons from the hospitality industry, real estate, and chambers of commerce spoke in favor of the three projects, as well as private citizens of Seaside. The Mayor and Council were forced to continue the meeting to November 10 due to a last minute legal submission of a multiple page document, but we remain optimistic and will keep you informed.
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