General Contractor Selected for County Equestrian Facility Action on the DREAM Park Continues to Move Ahead
(Woodbury, NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Helene M. Reed announced today that the construction of the county’s Delaware River Equestrian, Agriculture and Marine (DREAM) Park is moving ahead. Sweeney said that today the Gloucester County Improvement Authority (GCIA) approved a contract and selected a general contractor to construct the equestrian facility.
J.D. Lawrence of Westville, NJ was selected as the General Contractor. The company should be issued their notice to proceed during the upcoming week.
“We are all enthusiastic about this new park and moving forward,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney. “I can’t tell you how many people ask me about the DREAM Park, it is going to be one of the county’s most popular destinations when it opens,” Sweeney stated.
Director Sweeney said, “Equine is the third largest sector of New Jersey agriculture and the industry contributes approximately $109 million to the state’s economy annually. Gloucester County is a large part of that economy. The DREAM Park will not only bring added recreational value to the citizens, but also added tourism and economic development to the region.”
The first phase of the project involves construction of facilities to host equestrian events and provide other recreational opportunities to Gloucester County residents, such as a Therapeutic Riding Program from children with special needs.
The phase includes an indoor arena with bleacher seating to be constructed to host indoor horse shows and events. There will be a small, 70’ by 120’ annex to the arena building that will lend itself to equine auctions, trade shows and off season instructional clinics.
Two outdoor show rings, one with night lighting, will also be constructed. There will also be a grand prix and dressage ring with an adjacent warm up ring. Construction of 250 stalls to temporarily shelter horse for events with an adjacent schooling ring and ample parking will be provided.
The design of the facility also calls for stalls for boarding horses, separate from the event stalls. The facility will have 48 permanent stables for the purposes of boarding horses on a full time basis. There will be a schooling ring and two smaller warm up/cool down rings next to this building. The resident stables will also have an efficiency apartment to allow for a 24/7 staff presence.
An area for overnight camping will also be built for 50-60 camper hookups to accommodate event participants to stay overnight onsite with there animals. Two handicapped mounting ramps will also be constructed as part of the facility. Nearby the RV parking area will be a maintenance building to serve the overall facility.
“People from up and down the eastern corridor regularly travel to, and are search of, locations to hold and participate in horse shows and competitions. The DREAM Park is being constructed as an ideal location for equestrian events and competitions and the county will be promoting it to the equestrian organizations which will attract a new tourism outlet for our region,” stated Freeholder Helene M. Reed.
Gloucester County has approximately 480 equine facilities, ranking us 5th in the state for such facilities and approximately 2,200 animals ranking Gloucester County 7th in the state. Over 400 children participate in our 4-H horse clubs