UPDATE: Town of Queen Creek: No plans to close or tear down Horseshoe Park

A young rider puts their horse through its paces in one of the outdoor arenas at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek. Plans to close the park are not true, according to town officials. (Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

A young rider puts their horse through its paces in one of the outdoor arenas at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek. Plans to close the park are not true, say town officials. (Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

 

Rumors about Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre being torn down to build homes are untrue, according to a post on the town of Queen Creek’s official Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre Facebook page and town officials.

About 4:45 p.m. Monday, March 14, the town posted the following:

“We’ve been asked about the future of Horseshoe Park and whether it will be ‘torn down to build homes.’ The answer is no, there are not any plans to close the park or tear it down. Horseshoe Park is a key destination within our community, offering events year round for the whole family to enjoy – most even offer free admission for spectators. For a complete list of events, please check out the calendar.”

About 10:30 that morning on the town of Queen Creek’s official Facebook page, the town posted: “… there are currently no plans to tear down Horseshoe Park and build houses” in response to a query by Cynthia Jenkins.

Queen Creek Councilman Jeff Brown said in a phone interview that the town of Queen Creek staff has been notified about the rumors. He said he has no idea who started the rumor, and said there are no plans what-so-ever to close the park.

The 36-acre Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road in Queen Creek, is home to a number of organizations including the Arizona Cutting Horse Association, Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association, Arizona Reining Horse Association and Cowboy Mounted Shooting, as well as a variety of events.

Most recently, it hosted Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek, complete with a professional rodeo and related events. The signature event is held the second weekend in March, according to its website.

“There’s absolutely no truth to it, unless someone is not telling me something but they’re telling it to someone else,” park General Manager Tim Lynch said during a phone interview March 14.

The rumor may have been generated during the recent three-day rodeo weekend, Mr. Lynch speculated.

“Somebody said a vendor told him that,” he said.

Mr. Lynch said he received numerous phone calls Monday – including one from a good customer who is based as far away as Prescott – inquiring about the rumor. He said he told them there is no basis for the rumor and there are no plans to close.

He did not anticipate the rumors would hurt business at Horseshoe Park as many of his big events have multi-year contracts.

Mr. Lynch said that years ago, there were people in the town who opposed the park, but he believes they have softened their views on the park since it has been successful. The park is hosting more than 320 event dates a year, he said.

“Anytime you have a facility like ours, it creates a lot of rumors,” Mr. Lynch said. “People are interested in what we’re doing.”

 

 

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