Dog days

Phoenix Greyhound Park, one of three remaining dog tracks in the state, will shut down its operation after the last race on December 19th.

The Phoenix Park, at Washington and 40th Street, opened in 1954 and has run continuous live races seven days a week for 55 years. The business has faced a number of challenges in recent years, including increased competition from casinos, declining revenue and dwindling visitor numbers.

The history of Phoenix Greyhound Park can be read here.

Economic realities have hit many of the Valley’s landmarks hard. The venerable 75-year old El Chorro Lodge, and the 60-year old Pink Pony dubbed Scottsdale’s oldest restaurant have shuttered, as has the 115-year old Arizona Club — which survived the Great Depression, but was unable to persevere through Obama‘s first few months in office.

6 Responses to Dog days

  1. Sally Forth says:

    This clown has been in office for 10 short months (seems like 10 long years) and the world is collapsing around us.

  2. Chuck says:

    Newcomers to the Valley have no idea what they’ve missed. These places were the soul of the city for many Phoenicians.

  3. No More Racing says:

    It’s the end of an era for Phoenix Greyhound Park.

    And hopefully the end of overbreeding of greyhounds and senseless greyhound injuries and euthanasia. Three greyhound tracks are closing in December Phoenix, Dairyland in Wisconsin, and Raynham in Mass.

    Here’s an informative article and injury report about greyhound racing in Arizona.

  4. ron says:

    More evidence of jobs lost….

  5. DGN says:

    The good news is that El Chorro is rebuilding and will re-open.

  6. Ben F says:

    No more racing:

    Wow, what a distorted perspective. The economy is going down the tube, families are being forced out of their homes, businesses are failing and you think this is the time to highlight the PETA view.

    What do you think will happen to them with no place to compete. Do you have a large mansion and hundreds of acres to take them all in? Have you prevented any of the “horror” stories from happening by spending your money and time to provide an alternative?

    I am willing to wager that you do as much for providing alternatives as Planned Parenthood does for those who are carrying life in their womb.