agrees to build 4-H horse arena this spring
By David Baker
February 3, 2006 | PARADISE – After months of
waiting, the 4-H Club was assured by the Town Council
Wednesday night that they will have a place to ride
their horses this spring.
"We are riding indoors now, but are going to be looking
for sunshine soon," said Scott Summers, the local 4-H
Councilman Gerry Winn said the council has looked
at several locations and has "two possibilities, but
nothing is for sure."
According to documents provided by the town of Paradise,
in the winter of 2004 the town agreed to provide land
for the 4-H Club to build a multi-use, outdoor arena.
This would provide a home for the Trout and Berry Days
Youth Rodeo and a place for young people to ride their
horses. Plans for the arena show it will be 150 feet
by 250 feet, with additional land needed for parking
and other facilities like bathrooms. The suggested location
was on city-owned property south of the town cemetery,
near the intersection of 300 East and 9000 South.
With the help of summer fundraising, the 4-H Club
purchased the materials to build the arena in September
2005. These materials include a roping chute, return
run for cattle and panels for a hold pen. In May 2005,
the town was notified that they would receive $17,300
in county RAPZ (Restaurant Arts Parks Zoos) tax money
to fund the arena project. The RAPZ tax gives money
to smaller communities to fund projects such as the
In June 2005, citizens who live in the area voiced
concerns about the location of the arena, including
dust control, traffic, late night use, maintenance and
impact of the arena on the value of the surrounding
property. A group of nine Paradise residents eventually
asked the Cache County Council to deny the request to
help fund the arena.
Councilwoman Margaret Obray said, at that time, the
Cache County Council advised the Paradise Town Council
to find a new location, or be in danger of losing the
$17,300 they initially received.
"We are working towards finding a different location,"
The search for a new location is "looking good," Councilman
Dale Anderson added. "Hopefully we'll have another place."
No specific information on a new location was available,
but Obray echoed the statements made by other members
of the council, saying they have some "very good possibilities."
The council has discussed purchasing or trading for
sufficient land for the new location. According to Obray,
the town could also apply for additional money –
probably around $100,000 – to help secure a new
location and make necessary improvements. The deadline
for applying for additional RAPZ tax money is March
"The county council would expect us to apply for more
– they informally committed to help us if we follow
their advice," Obray said.
Although the search for a new location is going well,
nothing has been finalized. The council assured the
4-H'ers in attendance that they would be able to use
the original location as a temporary riding area if
a new location had not been secured.
"4-H has bought the arena," said Winn. "Come April,
we will put it up."
According to Obray, the council would be giving the
4-H Club permission to "put up their stuff on city property"
until a permanent location could be finalized.
"Once we get a permanent place, everyone needs to
have input to make it an attractive, very useful place,"
Winn said. A soccer field, parking lot and bathrooms
will most likely be a part of the permanent arena design,
The council also discussed:
– the sale of two pieces of equipment by the
fire department, and voted unanimously in favor of the
– a recommendation by the planning and zoning
commission to allow for variety in the acceptable lot
size was brought to the council. The commission recommended
allowing lots to be short of length and/or depth requirements
by a total of 8 feet. However, each lot still has to
be a total of 1 1/4 acres. According to Ryan Obray of
the planning and zoning commission, the change makes
a difference in many of the lots they have checked so
far. Also, this won't go too far, creating problems
with roads and future development.