Changes coming to Washington County fairgrounds

January 2, 2013
Linda Rectenwald of Houston cleans a stall at the Malone Horse Barn during the Washington County Fair Aug. 14, 2004. The two horses that shared the stall were Hope, owned by Connie DeMurray of Washington, and Baby, owned by Rectenwald. - O-R file photo

Washington County expects to advertise for bids later this month for a contractor to quarry limestone from a steep hillside at the fairgrounds in Arden.

Lisa Cessna, director of the Washington County Planning Commission, said she plans to meet soon with Chartiers Township officials about a conditional use permit.

Quarrying will begin this year, making the terrain more level.

Also at the fairgrounds, the county plans to replace another horse barn, this time using oil and gas revenues from drilling at Cross Creek County Park.

“This matches the master plan?” asked Commissioner Harlan Shober, a former Chartiers Township supervisor.

Cessna told him it does, but added after the Wednesday morning agenda meeting the barn cannot be constructed before the county fair in August.

In addition to equestrian events and other equine competitions during fair week, horse owners board their animals in fairground barns during the rest of the year.

“We hope to have excavation for the barn started before the end of this year,” Cessna added.

In a third project, she described moving the Quonset hut “silver dome.”

A 32-stall horse barn at the fairgrounds was replaced in 2011 using proceeds from slot-machine gaming at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the former Arden Landfill Trust.

Barbara S. Miller covers politics, Washington County government and a variety of other topics for the Observer-Reporter. She is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, majoring in English and history. Follow her on Twitter @reporterbarb.

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