Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska (EATA) is excited to announce the following events occurring over the next few weeks! Construction on the long awaited Indoor Riding Arena (Cover-All) for EATA’s therapeutic riding program benefiting children, adults, and veterans with differing abilities begins August 18, 2016. Together with the Anchorage Park Foundation, EATA will host a Ground-Breaking Ceremony and end of summer BBQ on Monday, August 15, 2016 from 6 PM – 8 PM.
The Ground-Breaking Ceremony starts at 6 PM and we look forward to seeing many current and past supporters of the Indoor Riding Arena (Coverall) Project in attendance, along with the Mayor, the director of Anchorage Parks and Recreation, and the Anchorage Park Foundation! Please join us and help celebrate the start of a project that has been in planning for many years. There will be delicious food sponsored by the Anchorage Park Foundation and treats donated by the Flying Dutchman Pastry Shop.
Construction Contract Awarded!
The EATA board selected DBS Enterprises, LLC. as the contractor of choice to construct the Indoor Riding Arena and GMG General, Inc. to complete the groundwork and paving. Doug Buyse, owner of DBS Enterprises has been in business since 1984 and the business is family owned and operated. They come with recommendations for their professionalism, quality of work, and understanding of nonprofit (small business) needs.
Rob Weingart, Owner and President of GMG General, with his partners and Vice Presidents, Will Moran and Leif Hovland, are known for their excellent work on the following Anchorage park projects: the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Rehabilitation (2011 and 2013), Russian Jack Park Playground and Parking Lot Improvements (2013), and Margaret Egan Sullivan Park Renewal (2012). GMG began working with us just last week last week in order to prepare ground material donated byQuality Asphalt and Paving (QAP)/Colaska.
Thank you to QAP/Colaska, World Equipment, and Shawn Rutherford!
Shawn Rutherford spearheaded the request to Quality Asphalt and Paving (QAP)/Colaska this summer for an in-kind donation of material for the trails, center, and indoor riding arena project. Thanks to the generosity of QAP/Colaska and Shawn’s belief in the EATA mission, QAP/Coalaska has already donated over 400 tons of Recycled Asphalt and over 150 cubic yards material for future work on trails and the center, and the indoor riding arena roadwork beginning next week. There’s more on the way! World Equipment and Shawn Rutherford graciously offered their time and resources to unload the 400 tons of Recycled Asphalt! We cannot thank QAP, World Equipment, and Shawn Rutherford enough for their generosity and support of EATA, as well as, the parks and equestrian center community! Their total in-kind donation will be well over $10,000 once the final load hits our gates – that is simply amazing!
Indoor Riding Arena Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Tentatively Scheduled for Nov 6, 2016
2016 Cowboy Ball CANCELLED (Sept 17, 2016) to make space for the Indoor Riding Arena Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The EATA board decided it would be in EATA’s best interests to cancel the 2016 Cowboy Ball and instead have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony the first or second week of November. The date is not set in stone yet, but tentatively, November 6th. If you’re interested in helping with this event, please send Rebecca a message at Ride@EquineAssistedTherapyAlaska.org. We will start planning September 15th.
If you donated auction items, we would love to repurpose them for the event in November. We will be in contact with you, most likely, after September 15th. Thank you again for your donation!