Fayette-built horse park moves forward

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Public stables at A.H. Stephens State Park near Augusta. Photo/Ga. State Parks website.
Public stables at A.H. Stephens State Park near Augusta. Photo/Ga. State Parks website.

An intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the Fayette County Board of Education and the Fayette County Commission to establish an equestrian park behind Inman Elementary School in south Fayette was unanimously approved by the school board on Oct. 29.

The Fayette County Commission in 2017 agreed to have county staff approach the Fayette County School System about using a portion of the existing trails behind Inman Elementary School to establish the Fayette County Equestrian Park and Trails.

The IGA approved by the school board on Oct. 29 states that the school district will permit the county to use the trails currently existing on the school property and to establish additional facilities necessary for the establishment and operation of an equestrian park. Such additional facilities will include additional trails, a gravel parking lot, hitching rails, refuse collection, appropriate signage, restroom facilities and facilities providing water for animals.

The IGA further states that the county will be responsible for operating and maintaining the park as part of the Fayette County Parks and Recreation Department, and will maintain general liability coverage for the park area.

The initial term of the renewable IGA is one year.

County Recreation Department Director Anita Godbee in 2017 said the conceptual plan calls for providing parking for 10 horse trailers and bringing trails up to standard. Funding for the potential project’s initial phase was approved at $25,000.

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