Goodyear trotting park receives interest

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Although it has sat empty since 1966, the Phoenix Trotting Park is now getting interest from prospective buyers.

Goodyear officials recently met with representatives from a company "proposing to use the Phoenix Trotting Park stadium for recreational purposes," City Manager John Fischbach wrote in a memo to staff. "The proposed recreational use would take place inside the stadium building, with some use of the surrounding area for limited outdoor activities."

The interested party has asked city officials to keep its identity confidential, said Nora Fascenelli, Goodyear's public information officer.

"They are doing due diligence trying to figure out how much [it would cost] to renovate it," said Harvey Krauss, Goodyear's community development director.

When it was built in the 1960s, asbestos was used in the construction. Because asbestos is now known to cause lung cancer and other diseases, special care is required to remove it.

"Asbestos has to have special treatment," Krauss said. "It has to be sealed and put in a landfill."

The trotting park is currently owned by Ray Roles and his sons, Krauss said. The family purchased the property from Grand Canyon University in the early 1990s.

The Roles have a development plan for the surrounding area - which is where a mobile home and RV park has been built since they took over ownership of the property - but the family has no plans for the trotting park, Krauss said.

"So they are marketing the [trotting park]," he said, which led to the recent meeting with the interested company.

The park is part of the Cotton Lane RV Park Planned Area Development and is zoned PAD/C-2, which would allow recreational uses, Fischbach said.

The abandoned trotting park is currently fenced and has "secured access so people can't get in there and get hurt," Krauss said.

Trotting history
Even when it was open, not many people wanted to get into the facility.

The large, futuristic structure - located south of Interstate 10 and west of Cotton Lane in Goodyear - was built in the early 1960s for $9.5 million.

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