Alachua County Agriculture & Equestrian Center
The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Equestrian Center was a partnership between the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners and the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences. It benefits county residents and their quality of life by providing agricultural, human and natural resource based knowledge/research so citizens can make their own informed decisions. Several different types of classes, events and demonstrations will be offered in the new auditorium to the county. This facility houses a handful of UF/IFAS faculty and county support staff. The auditorium, which can seat up to 400 people, can also be divided into three (3) separate meeting rooms, and contains a teaching kitchen. The sitework and utility work on the existing 37 acre site and new adjacent five acre site included construction of new storm-water ponds, extensive soil remediation due to poor site conditions, landscaping, new pole-barn structures over existing wash-down areas with related new underground utilities and relocation of PEMB.
The project also included refurbishment of a 60,000SF equestrian arena as well as construction of a new outdoor arena with specialty footing material. These arenas included new outdoor lighting, PA systems, bleachers, etc.
Click HEREGo to https://www.wcjb.com/video/2021/03/07/county-officials-cut-ribbon-acre-alachua-county-fairgrounds-newberry/ for video of the Ribbon Cutting.