The future of Marina Equestrian Center in limbo, city debates for new company takeover

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On Wednesday evening, the city of Marina held a board meeting where they voted on the future of the Marina Equestrian Center— whether or not to move forward with a for-profit company based out of the Bay Area. Now, big changes are coming for the popular horse park. The Equestrian Center has been a community fixture for over 20 years. They’ve offered low-cost boarding and essentially have been run as a community organization with lots of volunteers. A year ago, city leaders decided they needed a company to come in and be responsible for upkeep and management. Marina Council Member Cristina Medina Dirksen voted against then and remains opposed. “I’ve received no less than 25 letters, maybe seven phone calls. Just a lot of concern about who is going to be coming in and running this operation that is dearly beloved in our community,” she said.The land was donated to the city by the National Park Service decades ago, but it comes with some rules, one of them being guaranteed public access. The local group that’s currently running the park also submitted a proposal but lost out to the Bay Area company. Amy Warren, with the Marina Equestrian Center fears that if the new company comes in, a lot of the things that make the park so popular will be gone. “We, the Marina Equestrian Association, are really disappointed by that. We have been operating the park for 22 years and we have a really strong public service mission. We’re the most visited park in Marina right now and we have a lot of free and affordable programming as well as extremely low-cost lessons and trail rides. And those things will go away, unfortunately, when the park turns over to this company,” Warren said.

On Wednesday evening, the city of Marina held a board meeting where they voted on the future of the Marina Equestrian Center— whether or not to move forward with a for-profit company based out of the Bay Area. Now, big changes are coming for the popular horse park.

The Equestrian Center has been a community fixture for over 20 years. They’ve offered low-cost boarding and essentially have been run as a community organization with lots of volunteers.

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A year ago, city leaders decided they needed a company to come in and be responsible for upkeep and management. Marina Council Member Cristina Medina Dirksen voted against then and remains opposed.

“I’ve received no less than 25 letters, maybe seven phone calls. Just a lot of concern about who is going to be coming in and running this operation that is dearly beloved in our community,” she said.

The land was donated to the city by the National Park Service decades ago, but it comes with some rules, one of them being guaranteed public access. The local group that’s currently running the park also submitted a proposal but lost out to the Bay Area company.

Amy Warren, with the Marina Equestrian Center fears that if the new company comes in, a lot of the things that make the park so popular will be gone.

“We, the Marina Equestrian Association, are really disappointed by that. We have been operating the park for 22 years and we have a really strong public service mission. We’re the most visited park in Marina right now and we have a lot of free and affordable programming as well as extremely low-cost lessons and trail rides. And those things will go away, unfortunately, when the park turns over to this company,” Warren said.

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