Paso Robles Horse Park is approved by city's Planning Commission

The Paso Robles Planning Commission unanimously approved construction of the Paso Robles Horse Park, a new equestrian showplace for competitive horse jumping.

The roughly 40-acre project will go on open space off Hughes Parkway and Dry Creek Road near the Paso Robles Municipal Airport.

Linda Starkman, a horse enthusiast who has a second home in Paso Robles, is the owner of the project.

The park features a large grassy field, four uncovered arenas, 500 horse stalls, a hay barn, office, restrooms and caretaker house.

Temporary RV camping would also be provided to show participants.

Public horse boarding, breeding and training aren't part of the plans, but the events would be open to spectators.

Plans call for the venue to host up to eight hunter and jumper competitions, an Olympic sport that involves specific styles of horse jumping with props and fences. The competitions would typically run from January through November.

Since the park is seasonal, city planners say the project doesn't need its own traffic study. But developer taxes levied on the project would go toward future improvements to the Highway 46 East and Airport Road intersection.

The park's expected opening date wasn't immediately available Wednesday.