San Francisco, Calif. February 07, 2005 The Square Peg Foundation has submitted a proposal to the Presidio Trust for lease and renovation of the historic cavalry stables above Crissy Field. The Foundation proposes to use the facility for horsemanship programs serving the San Francisco community. The primary goal of the Square Peg Foundation is to provide a personal growth experience through horsemanship to people who would not otherwise be able to participate by reason of geography, economics or learning ability.
The Square Peg Foundation was formed in June 2004 and is currently operating out of Half Moon Bay, CA. By restoring building 663, one of the former cavalry stables located above Crissy Field, Square Pegs will be able to grow by 500 percent and serve a larger and more diverse population.
With the help of Architectural Resources Group (ARG), a San Francisco-based architectural design firm with extensive experience in performing historic restoration, the Square Peg Foundation has mapped out a plan to spend $4.6 million to rehabilitate the building and its grounds.
“By restoring this building to its original use, and providing an educational resource to the community, we are furthering the Presidio Trust’s purpose for this urban National Park,” said Chris Dunlap, President and Executive Director of the Square Peg Foundation. “The location is accessible and the surroundings serene. It’s just right for our community-based program.”
A proposal for renovation and lease of the buildings was delivered to the Presidio Trust, by The Square Peg Foundation in direct response to its request for proposals specific to the West Crissy Field area of the Presidio, including Buildings 662 and 663. The Presidio Trust indicates it will enter lease negations as early as March 2005.
The Square Peg Foundation estimates construction will take 18 months to complete. The project will include seismic retrofitting and rehabilitation of the building, and restoration of the grounds and preservation of the cultural landscape.
When completed, the facility will be able to house up to 50 horses and provide the necessary supporting space for the Square Peg program. Horsemanship will be offered to the general public on a limited basis as the focus of the Square Peg Foundation is to bring horsemanship to marginalized populations, including youth program participants, rehabilitation clients and people with learning challenges and developmental disorders.
The Square Peg Foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in San Francisco with current operations in Half Moon Bay. The Foundation has applied for 501(c)3 status and has retained a fiscal sponsor. It currently serves 60 clients, many of whom are children with learning challenges. Using donated horses and equipment, Square Pegs uses the horsemanship experience to build confidence and help its students learn responsibility and teamwork in a supportive, individualized learning environment. At the Square Pegs, Everyone Fits!
For additional information, see the Foundation’s website at:
http://www.everyonefits.org/ or http://www.squarepegfoundation.org