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ORANGE : Tour of Estates Will Benefit Horse Trails

Orange Park Acres residents will offer a tour of several grand hillside homes this weekend in an effort to raise money to repair rain-damaged equestrian trails in the area.

Four estates, including the home of Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jim Everett, will be open for public viewing Sunday morning.

“These homes are beautiful. Each one is very individual,” said Pam Erickson, member of the Orange Park Women’s League, sponsor of the event. “It’s real fun to go out and look at them.”

The homes sit on large lots and are surrounded by trees and hills and their styles range from Everett’s rolling ranch home with its white picket fence to a nearby Spanish Colonial villa complete with an ornate fountain and a terra cotta tile roof.

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“This opens up the community for people to see,” she said. “These are things we treasure and are proud of.”

Proceeds will go to repair horse trails that were washed out during the recent rains. Repairs are needed on several of the paths, which cut through the hillside community.

If enough money is raised, residents hope to build a bridge on one trail and add a grandstand and lights to the community horse arena on Katella Avenue.

Tickets costs $18 if purchased before Sunday and $20 on tour day. Last year’s event raised $15,000. For more information, call (714) 532-3627 or (714) 538-1225.

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