Members of the Miami Parks and Recreation staff recently addressed the parks board about the poor condition of the horse stables at the Miami Fairgrounds.
Parks officials said the dilapidating stables are beyond repair and additional space is needed to accommodate the facility's current activities.
The proposed facility would include purchasing an additional 50 acres surrounding the current facility, a new race track, four 160-foot by 48-foot barns with 24 stalls each, five horse walkers and two concrete wash racks.
“The facility is currently in very poor shape,” Public Works Director Tim Wilson said. “I think there are about 75 stalls there now but many of them are not usable.”
Wilson said there is a definite need for more stalls at the location, “especially with the college so close.”
“A lot of the college kids need a place to keep their horses,” Wilson said.
Currently, the Miami Horseman's Association collects stall fees and oversees the facility. They have recommended that the City of Miami assume those responsibilities if a new facility is built.
The estimated cost for land purchase and building a new facility is approximately $372,360, money the city would have to borrow, according to Wilson.