Calgary’s Race City Motorsport Park has a tenuous ally in its fight for existence. Ward 12 Ald. Shane Keating has organized a task force to study options for building a new motorsport complex in the Calgary area.
The existing Race City facility is on a property leased from the city that is adjacent to a landfill site. The lease expires at the end of 2011.
Due to growth of the dump, the city claims the space occupied by the track is needed to provide adequate storm water management. In addition, part of the property is targeted for a future connector road.
“A city the size of Calgary that does not have a motorsports facility is lacking,” said Keating, speaking to the Calgary Herald. That may sound promising, but Keating stopped short of offering a viable solution, also saying that it is too early to discuss using city funds to build in another location.
A task force meeting is planned for Jan. 27, with local organizations invited. It will not be open to the public.