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Horse Park at Woodside aims to raise $2M for capital projects

The Horse Park at Woodside has launched a $2 million capital campaign to fund long-term improvements to the facility at 3674 Sand Hill Road.

"By improving our facility for shows and for our members, we'll be able to attract the top equestrian competitors in all disciplines and attract more event revenue," said Horse Park Executive Director Larry Gimple.

Founded in 1982 and situated on 272 acres on the border of Menlo Park and Woodside, the nonprofit, member-supported Horse Park offers facilities for equestrian activities, including horse shows.

The honorary chairs of the fundraising campaign are Signe Ostby and Scott Cook, Joan Baez, Sonja and Bill Davidow, and Tom Shanahan.

The campaign has already raised $1.4 million, which has paid for safety improvements, such as new perimeter fencing and electric front gates, and a long-awaited electrical upgrade.

"There is still much more to be done, and we need everyone who has used and enjoyed the park to get involved and help us meet our goal," said board president Gayle Strickland.

Some of the capital projects yet to be funded include improvements to restroom facilities, infrastructure and buildings, and a complete overhaul of the water system, Mr. Gimple said.

Other priorities include adding turnouts for boarders, renovating the exercise track and perimeter trail, and installing seating along the Bay and Polo arenas.

The park is continuing to introduce native plant species and remove non-natives, and improve erosion control, Ms. Strickland said. "We're also engaging in a number of landscape beautification projects and have begun a native display garden," she said.

Go to www.horsepark.org for more information.

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