End of horse racing season brings uncertainty about Rillito Park - Tucson News Now

End of horse racing season brings uncertainty about Rillito Park future

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

More than 10,000 people made their way to Rillito Park Race Track this weekend for the last race of the 2014 season.

Plans to reconstruct the park to serve other purposes including building more soccer fields are moving forward, according to organizers. That does not mean horse racing is going away, but there is some uncertainty about its future.

The current Pima County project plans include three soccer fields, new lights and other park amenities to go up at Rillito Park by 2015.

However, the proposed changes are not sitting well with some people, including Mark White, a member of the Pima County Horseman's Association which organizes the horse racing at the track.

"What we'd like to do is maintain the Rillito Race Track," White said Monday. "We want to preserve the grandstand club house, but also at the same time we want everyone else to be able to use it."

Additionally the current plans would get rid of a lot of parking, according to White.

Pima County Director of Economic Development, Tom Moulton, admits some parking spots would be eliminated with the current proposed changes.

"Parking has certainly been a challenge on some days," Moulton said Monday.

However, Moulton said there is a considerable amount of parking options within a mile of the park.

As far as the future of horse track racing, Moulton does not anticipate horse racing to go away.

White also plans to have a horse race track season next year pending approval of a renewed contract with Pima County.

For now, the grandstand and stables will stay up until a final decision can be made on plans for Rillito Park by the Pima County Board of Supervisors.

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