A Few Things You Should Know If You Decide You Want to Run the Texas Horse Park

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The revised rendering for the first phase of the Texas Horse Park -- if, that is, the city can find an interested outside operator
A little later than promised, here's the 44-page Texas Horse Park briefing the city council's Economic Development Committee will review tomorrow morning. We'll follow along as Paul Dyer, head of Park and Rec, attempts to convince the council to spend $12 million in '06 bond funds to build out Phase 1 of the facility -- if, that is, the city can find an outsider to take over for the nonprofit that never could raise the matching $15 million needed to get it trotting along the Trinity.

Per the presentation, as part of the city's proposed RFP it wants the would-be facility manager to commit to the Texas Horse Park for 20 years, with two five-year renewal options. And while the new operator wouldn't be responsible for putting money toward development -- since, after all, the city would maintain ownership of the $2.56-million property paid for with '98 bond money -- it would have a say-so in the design if it ponies up some dough. Also:
The Operator will be required to dedicate the facility to the preservation and expansion of Texas' equestrian tradition by providing a venue for education, competition and community involvement in horse-related and other agricultural activities.
The city hopes to put out RFP in February and award the bid in May. But still, there's no time line for construction: "Schedule is dependent on the type of design and construction scenario proposed by the Operator." Initially, you may recall, the Trinity Trust once expected ground to be broken on the Texas Horse Park by 2007.

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8 comments
Horseparkboondoggle
Horseparkboondoggle

dumbest idea ever

BRW is a scammer of a planner - they work on govt boondoggles that make no financial sense -

Juan Valdez
Juan Valdez

I would like for this to be developed. All visitors I have had, always ask me if there is a place to do something like horse riding, rodeos, etc.(What they think we do in TX).

Here's a thought...
Here's a thought...

Any number of wealthy Dallas benefactors could easily pony up the dough and then partner with Let's Cowboy Up to run the place. That could be really transformational for the area and the city as a whole.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

It would be interesting to see what the costs/benefits are for comparable facilities, like the GA Horse Park in Conyers, GA, the facility built new for the Atlanta Olympics, that now operates as a equine event center.

Perry Moore
Perry Moore

Please don't mistake me for a stalker (although I admit to a voyeuristic bent), but I notice that you post new stories about once every couple or three waking hours. Either you have no life outside journalism, or you get paid by the word. If only Mr. Schutze had your work ethic...

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Guess it comes down to two things: I love my job, and I love my hometown. Thankfully I have a job that allows me to combine the two whenever I want, as editor of this here blog. And, yeah, I do have a life outside journalism -- though it all does tend to blur into the blog when the boy's been taking photos for Unfair Park since he was, oh, 3, I think.

And if I were paid by the word, I coulda quit in 2007. As for Jim's work ethic, it's incomparable; keep in mind he also writes and reports out a weekly column for the paper, in addition to Get Off My Lawn. My work ethic, incidentally, comes from my dad, who ran my grandfather's auto-parts shop on Second Avenue every single day till retiring a few years ago.

Perry Moore
Perry Moore

If it's any comfort, jazz musicians don't get paid by the note, either. Good for your dad, and I will apologize to Mr. Schutze for the aspersion next time I see him.

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