By Nancy Ridgway, board member, Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks
Local equestrians have something to celebrate: a newly restored riding arena in Wunderlich Park in Woodside, thanks to a partnership of organizations and individuals.
A ribbon cutting and membership drive will occur Sunday, April 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Wunderlich Park, 4040 Woodside Road in Woodside.
The arena now has state-of-the-art footing and is open to the public with an annual membership of $120. The project, which cost $69,000, was primarily funded by San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley from his county discretionary funds and The Woodside-Area Horse Owner's Association (WHOA!). Each donated $30,000.
The remaining $9,000 was provided by individual community members and Bay Area Barns and Trails. The San Mateo County Parks Foundation donated an additional $6,000 for the equipment to maintain the arena. The Friends coordinated with all donors and managed the contractor, at no cost.
The footing replacement work was done by Olympia Footing Equestrian Services this past winter between rain storms. The arena will be harrowed, rolled, and watered daily by Chaparral Corporation, which operates the Folger Stable.