Amidst budget crisis, CPS building horse arena
Bids were due Feb. 28 by contractors interested in building a new “horse arena” at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood on the city’s Far South Side.
Specifications for the arena delineate it will be one story and 15,000 square feet with a metal roof and holding “two circular riding areas.”
In 2014, the Sun-Times reported that CPS was running a “therapy horse” program at the school, whereby “10 students (would) ride the therapy horses two to three times a week.”
“Equine-Assisted Therapy” uses horses to help promote emotional growth.
“It’s frequently too cold to ride in the winter, which is why the new arena is needed,” Teacher Maggie Kendall said.
Woodhouse Tinucci Architects, 230 W. Superior St. in Chicago, designed the plans for the arena.
Last year, the Woodhouse Tinucci received recognition from the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects for its design of a new, $12 million Rosewood Beach House in Highland Park.