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Breeders’ Barn
Tom Sohn | 26th Street

Graphic from City Council Staff Report.
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The 34th running of the Breeders’ Cup will be held November 3 and 4 at the Del Mar Race Track with social events during the week leading up to the racing for event participants and the general community.

At the December 19 Council meeting, Staff presented a proposal from the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) for the construction of a tent in Powerhouse Park to be used for “Barn at the Beach” events over a seven-day period. However, when the specifics were presented to the Parks and Recreation Committee on January 11 concerns were raised about parking, noise, lighting, and the amount of park space to be taken up by the tent.

The applications were subsequently revised and finally approved by the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Business Support Advisory Committee.
At its April 17 meeting, the Council approved the Coastal Development permit and an Operations Permit for the tent, and the Barn at the Beach activities, which will run from October 29 – November 4. The tent will require three days to construct and two days to take down, thus occupying a portion of Powerhouse Park for twelve total days.

The tent will measure 50 x 140 feet (7,000 square feet) with an additional 1,620 square feet of deck area to wrap around the west and north sides of the tent. This represents about 22% of Powerhouse Park leaving approximately 32,000 square feet for public use, including all public pathways and access to the beach through the park. The adjacent playground and the restrooms will remain open. Among the events taking place at the Barn at the Beach are a Taste of San Diego sponsored by the DMVA, a Del Mar Foundation party, and a Viewing Party sponsored by the Breeder’s Cup and DMTC, all of which are open to the public.
Speakers at the April 17th meeting were generally in favor of the of the Barn at the Beach. The Council unanimously approved the permit applications and waived any rental fees associated with Powerhouse Park. “It’s…important to signal that the city and our community groups are all together in trying to support a successful Breeders Cup,” stated Mayor Sinnott. “This will be a value to the community above and beyond what we typically get out of horse racing,” said Council Member Haviland.

Placement of tent in Powerhouse Park.
Graphic from City Council Staff Report.



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