Phoenix Trotting Park

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The Phoenix Trotting Park as seen from I-10 eastbound

The Phoenix Trotting Park, a horse racing track, was originally built in 1964 in Goodyear, Arizona. It opened in 1965 and was run for about two and a half seasons. The large, futuristically designed structure gave an optimistic look for the 1960s.

Originally planned to be built for a cost of about $3 million, the facility ended up costing around $10 million. One of the proprietors and visionaries behind the park was James Dunnigan, the renowned New York horseracing financier.[1] Various incentives during the events that were held, such as free parking and admission did initially lead to decent attendance, including an opening day showing of 12,000 people.[2] However, a variety of factors led to the inevitable closing of the track. The hot weather of the desert caused events to be uncomfortable to attendees. The location provided limited means to control rain, leading to floods that caused accessibility problems. The park is also located about 20 miles outside of Phoenix and was built long before any major roads made the area easily accessible to those in the city or its suburbs.[3]

Though closed in 1966, the 194-acre property has been continuously owned by either individuals or corporations/businesses. And with the exception of a brief use for a movie, the property has sat abandoned since its closure. As such, without any care, maintenance, or upkeep, the property is showing its age.

The main building of the park was used in the 1998 Charlie/Martin Sheen movie No Code of Conduct. Part of the feature involved a large explosion occurring at the track.[4]

In December 2015, the property was put on the market for $16.5 million.

The structure is expected to be demolished in 2017.[5]

Gallery[edit]

The Phoenix Trotting Park grandstand
A close up view of a corner detail of a balcony of the Phoenix Trotting Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phoenix Trotting Park in Goodyear". Phoenix New Times. 
  2. ^ "Phoenix Trotting Park in Goodyear". Phoenix New Times. 
  3. ^ "City of Goodyear Official Website". City of Goodyear. 
  4. ^ Gallen, Tim (13 January 2016). "Historic West Valley eyesore on the market for $16.5M in Goodyear". Phoenix Business Journal. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Van Sant, Jeff (May 17, 2017). "The old Phoenix Trotter Park set for demolition". azfamily.com. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 

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Coordinates: 33°27′27″N 112°26′11″W / 33.4574°N 112.4365°W / 33.4574; -112.4365