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Norco’s SilverLakes sports complex seeks to expand equestrian offerings

By in Press Enterprise on September 15, 2017

By Stephen Wall

Horsetown U.S.A. could get a bigger hoofprint.

SilverLakes wants to expand its 122-acre sports complex in Norco by 21 acres to host larger equestrian shows.

“Those big-time, high-dollar horse shows, that’s what this would attract,” Mayor Greg Newton said. “That’s an economic driver for the city.”

The company that runs SilverLakes is asking for the City Council’s blessing to move forward with an environmental impact study to figure out if the expansion makes sense.

The council is set to consider an agreement Wednesday, Sept. 20 with Balboa Management Group, which leases the city-owned property that includes soccer fields, equestrian arenas, an outdoor cafe and a concert facility.

“Let’s find out what it’s going to cost and is it feasible,” Newton said. “To me, it’s the very first step out of many steps.”

The company wants to lease an additional 21 acres of city-owned land south of the property to build two covered equestrian arenas, warm-up rings, a jumper ring, a grand prix ring, a snack bar, hay shed, maintenance yard, restrooms and parking for up to 1,000 RVs and trailers.

Lease terms for the additional property have not been discussed, Newton said.

Footings for the five existing horse arenas would move to the new area to be away from soccer and other sports.

County, state and federal agencies would need to sign off on the expansion, which would require a rock wall that protects the property from flooding to be moved slightly, said Kathy Azevedo, SilverLakes equestrian coordinator and a former Norco mayor and councilwoman.

“We’re prepared to go through the process,” Azevedo said. “We understand it’s not always a quick one. We’re prepared to do whatever the state tells us.”

Landscaping on the property would be preserved as much as possible. Trees that need to be taken out would be moved to other parts of […]    

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