Mile High Greyhound Park near Denver, which discontinued live racing in 2008, has been purchased by the City of Commerce City for development.
The track, which opened in 1949 in Commerce City and ran live racing for 60 years, sold for $3.3 million--purchased from Mile High USA and Mile High Kennel Club Inc. (properties of the British company BLB).
Commerce City officials say they will have a good idea what to do with the Mile High property by May 2012. One city councilwoman told the Denver Post that she wants the Mile High property to once again be a center of activity.
"For more than 60 years, Mile High was a major landmark for Commerce City," Councilwoman Tracey Snyder told the Post. "We have a unique chance to make this area into something that will last a lifetime, an area that will redefine Commerce City for generations to come."
Mayor Paul Natale told the Post that redeveloping the property has long been a city priority. "When the property came within reach, we jumped at the opportunity," he said.
Meanwhile, up the road an hour on Interstate 25, near Loveland, Cloverleaf Kennel Club was set for demolition, beginning this week. The 56-year-old track ended live racing in 2007, but, like Mile High, continued to function as a simulcast operation until its sale.