Arcadia Gold Line Station Pays Homage to Santa Anita Park

Locals get a sneak peek of the new stop this weekend

We’ve already seen pictures highlighting the beautiful details on the six new light rail stations built for the forthcoming Gold Line Foothill Extension, but now there’s even more evidence of the lovely aesthetics.

Just before Saturday’s public dedication of the Arcadia stop, the light rail’s construction authority released a new video showing how the artwork was fabricated and installed. In it, station artist Michael Davis describes taking many aspects of the nearby Santa Anita racetrack to decorate the Arcadia station.

The image of running horses that covers that station’s entrance is almost an exact replica of those featured on the racetrack’s 1930s exterior. A giant copper weathervane at the station also features the equine motif, as well as butterflies and birds like the ones found at the nearby Arboretum (peacock feathers, the symbol of Arcadia, are even recreated within the shade canopies). The station’s granite benches also reflect the animals of the area, and they’re pretty stunning.

The construction authority is in the midst of dedicating each station to the public (watch a video on the recently-dedicated Duarte station below), before construction wraps next month. After a few more months of testing, the line is scheduled to open in winter or spring 2016, all the way to Azusa.