The need for improvements of the Nelssen Equestrian Center has been under discussion for over 20 years.
In 1986, the WestWorld business plan identified this need.
In 2003, the master plan approved by the City Council, also identified this need.
A meeting was held with all users at WestWorld in June 2010 to discuss the need and desire, options and hurdles. This project continued to receive overwhelming support.
A presentation of this expansion was made to the City Council WestWorld Subcommittee on September 23, 2010. The Subcommittee and the public in attendance all endorsed moving forward with the project.
On November 16, 2010 Council authorizing the issuance of a Request for Qualifications for Design Services to upgrade and expand the Equidome at WestWorld.
On February 15, 2011, Council unanimously approved renaming of the Equidome to the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center.
In March 2011 the City Council created a new Capital Improvement Project titled Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center Expansion and approved a contreat for schematic design. The Design Team held the first public meeting to gather input on the Equidome expansion.
In May 2011 the Design Team held the second public meeting to review the design concept.
In September 2011 the equidome at WestWorld was renamed the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center after the late Councilman Tony Nelssen.
In March 2012 the City Council approved an expanded version of the project to accommodate special events.
In April 2012 construction work will began.
Fall/Winter 2013 construction is scheduled to be complete.