Grand opening for Jerome horseshoe pits

JEROME - The Town of Jerome will celebrate the long-awaited completion of its Horseshoe Pits project at a Grand Opening ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.

The project, which included not only restoration of the pits, but repairs to and stabilization of historic structures in the area, was completed with financial assistance from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation and the Yavapai-Apache Nation, as well as many hours of volunteer labor by dedicated individuals, including Rusty Blair and Jay Kinsella, the use of equipment provided by the Gold King Mine, and great work by the Jerome Town Crew, Elite Performance Concrete and Bill Kantor, P.E.

“It has been over 13 years since this historic site in the middle of Jerome has been open to Jeromans and the public,” said Mayor Frank Vander Horst. “Without the gracious financial support of Freeport-McMoRan and the Yavapai-Apache Nation, this popular spot would have remained closed. Also, once again, the great volunteers in Jerome have stepped forward with hours and hours of effort to return these horseshoe pits to a great recreational spot.”

The public is invited to attend the event, which will take place on-site, at the horseshoe pits next to Upper Park, above Main Street.

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