Authority receives six horse-park site proposals

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Maryland Stadium Authority received six proposals yesterday to develop the Maryland Horse Park, a facility envisioned as a showcase for equestrian events and a tourist attraction.

The proposed sites are a 1,032-acre parcel near Annapolis; 600 acres between Westminster and Taneytown in Carroll County; a 5,613-acre, state-owned tract in Cecil County; 603 acres in northern Frederick County; 997 acres near Havre de Grace in Harford County near the site of a former racetrack; and an 867-acre property in Wicomico County.

Alison L. Asti, executive director of the stadium authority, said state officials will tour all six sites this month. A final selection could be made by mid-September, after each group presents proposals before architectural, economic development and horse industry officials.

Once the site is selected, a conceptual plan will be developed. Stadium authority officials will submit to the 2006 General Assembly the plan and economic impact and cost studies for a bond bill.

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