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Commerce City Agency Buys Greyhound Park

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) – The Commerce City Urban Renewal Authority says it has bought the former Mile High Greyhound Park for $3.3 million.

City officials hope to redevelop the 65-acre site as a mixed-use development.

The greyhound park once hosted dog races, but live races ended in 2008. It has been used more recently for off-track betting. The site is now designated a Colorado Enterprise Zone, which means businesses that develop there can be eligible for tax credits.

Community meetings are scheduled from September through November to take public comments on redeveloping the site.

The urban renewal authority said Wednesday that a final plan, including conceptual designs for the site, is scheduled to be released in May.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • val wolf

    Building a mixed use development is a vast improvement over the property’s former use–a shameful place where thousands of greyhounds were exploited in the name of greed.

    Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. Greyhounds endure lives of nearly constant confinement, kept in cages barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around. While racing, many dogs suffer and die from injuries including broken legs, paralysis, and cardiac arrest. And many greyhounds are euthanized every year, as the number retired from racing exceeds the number of adoptive homes.

    At racetracks across the country, greyhounds endure lives of confinement. According to industry statements, greyhounds are generally confined in their cages for approximately 20 hours per day. They live inside warehouse-style kennels in stacked cages that are barely large enough to stand up or turn around. Generally, shredded paper or carpet remnants are used as bedding.

    An undercover video recently released by GREY2K USA shows the conditions in which these gentle dogs are forced to live:

    For more information on injuries these dogs suffer, please view:

    Dogs play an important role in our lives and deserve to be protected from industries and individuals that do them harm.

    Val Wolf Board Member, GREY2K USA

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