Community Invited to Grand Opening for Multi-Purpose Covered Arena


The construction of the new Multi-Purpose Covered Arena near the North Mesa Stables is now complete.

The community is invited to join the Los Alamos County Council as they host a Grand Opening event for the new arena at 4 p.m., March 22 at Brewer Arena, 750 North Mesa Road.

A project website has been established to provide updates about this project at and click on “Projects.” The website will be updated whenever new information becomes available.  

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The Los Alamos Pony Club submitted a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Project requesting a covered arena on land currently owned by the County located near the horse stables. The CIP application includes a large rectangle with a weather proof cover and sidewalls with electrical and plumbing. This structure would serve the community during inclement weather and accommodate horse activities, Search and Rescue practice, the 4 H, and the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club. The covered pens would also provide the County Animal Control staff a place to shelter larger animals.

Project Background:

Building a covered arena for riding and exercising animals during inclement weather was approved by County Council at the budget hearings May, 2010. The CIP Oversight Committee chose to move forward with 200’ x 75’ enclosed metal structure with three 25’ x 25’ covered pens on the east side of the structure; additionally a restroom would be included in the facility. The approved budget for this project is $786,421.

The site plan for the Covered Riding Arena was presented to the Planning and Zoning Board at their April 25, 2012 meeting. At this meeting there were various question concerning the operations of the facility, an operations plan will be put in place by the Parks department once the facility is built. The Planning and Zoning Board voted for the approval of the Covered Riding Arena.

This construction of the covered riding arena has been awarded to two different contractors. The first contractor, Paul Parker Construction will be responsible for the installation of the utility components of the project. The utility component consists of the installation of an 8” water main to the site and bringing electric power to the site. This portion of the project has been awarded in the amount of $47,835.

The second contractor, Richardson & Richardson Inc., will be responsible for procurement of the 200’x75’ pre-manufactured metal building, the earthwork and site work, and construction of the building. This portion of the project was awarded at the August 7th County Council meeting, in the amount of $506,357 plus applicable gross receipts tax.

Source: Los Alamos County website.

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