Multnomah Greyhound Park demolition begins

Wood Village residents say goodbye

Demolition begins on the old Multnomah Greyhound Park, June 28, 2016 (KOIN)

WOOD VILLAGE, Or. (KOIN) — Nearly 60 years after opening, the first pieces of Multnomah Greyhound Park were demolished Tuesday morning.

Many were on hand Tuesday to say their goodbyes to the former dog racing track.

Built in 1957, Multnomah Greyhound Park brought in hundreds of thousands of people for almost 50 years.

The track’s current state is a far cry from what it once was- the property has sat abandoned since 2004.

Tuesday marked a continued turning point in the future of the propertys building’s demolition began. The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde purchased the property in 2015, and are finalizing plans for a new development.

“(The track) was a big economic boost to the city,” said Wood Village Mayor Patricia Smith. “We’re hoping that the Grand Ronde Tribe are in the business to make money.”

The tribe has yet to formalize plans for what they’ll be building on the site, but it will likely cover a number of arenas.

“We look to centerpiece it potentially with a motel, entertainment,” said Grand Ronde Tribal Council Chair Reynold Leno. “I think there’s some housing in it.”

There’s currently no timeframe for what the Grand Ronde Tribe will build. The rest of the track will be torn down in early July.

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