It is said that Norco is a small patch of green in a sea of southern California concrete. Once a California poultry, melon and lettuce powerhouse, Norco today is known as “Horse Town USA” and is a nationally recognized haven for pleasure riding equestrians.
This fifteen square mile community may well be the last city in the Golden Bear state to require residential half-acre lots (or larger), which provides ample room for large animal keeping as well as a place to tinker on the old Ford, put in a putting green or just play catch with the kids. And, just about every lot connects to the city’s 130 mile trail system that lines most streets and leads directly to several beautifully kept parks, the wide open La Sierra hills or the Santa Ana River bottom and fabulous Crest to Coast Trail.
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For those who enjoy rodeo, barrel racing and other equestrian eventing, Norco is home to the world class George A. Ingalls Equestrian Event Center consisting of two covered arenas and home to the largest and longest running all volunteer fair in California: the Norco Fair.
The town motto is “City Living in a Rural Atmosphere”, and Norco certainly lives up to that name. Many major retailers such as Hobby Lobby, EZ-up, Target, Tractor Supply, Ford and unique mom and pop businesses are currently thriving in the community; and note that many have a required hitching rail near the front door. And, the community is a proud Navy town because the Naval Surface Warfare Center, established upon the site of the old historic Norconian Resort, calls Norco “home”.
Norco is also a Southern California center for youth sports offering top flight recreational, club and travel team opportunities in soccer, baseball, softball and a multitude of other athletic endeavors. And Norco High Friday Night Football is a long standing tradition. The city is also home to the Silverlakes Equestrian and Sports Park: now under construction and soon to be the largest such venue in the northern hemisphere.
Once dubbed “Acres of Neighbors”, Norco still retains a strong feeling of community and it residents are enormously patriotic. 6th Street, a major roadway in Norco, is lined with red, white and blue stripes and, hanging from Horse Town USA street lights are banners displaying those who have and are currently serving in the United States military. To celebrate the towns 50th year as a city, the community came together to build one of the outstanding veteran’s memorials in the state: the one half acre George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza.
Youth sports, patriotic, equestrians, business friendly: Norco ain’t just a one horse town.
Article Courtesy of and Written by Kevin Bash
Data last updated 11:07:00 AM, 05/14/2021
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