Monday, May 18, 2009
An era has ended in west suburban Cicero Illinois. The demolition of the old Sportsman's Park horse racing track. Cicero Illinois USA. May 2009.
I took this photo one evening in April of 2009. Yes folks, it's officially true.
Sportsman's Park horse racing track seen here along the east side of South Laramie Avenue, is finally meeting the wrecking ball after many years of inactivity.
I actually went to Sportsman's Park a handful of times with My family back in the 1970's and early 1980's when they were racing thoroughbred horses. Buggy races were popular here too.
By the 1990's, riverboat gambling and land based casinos in nearby Hammond and East Chicago Indiana, took away much of the gambling patronage here, and eventually Sportsman's Park was sold. For a while during the late 1990's and early 2000's, the track itself was rebuilt with high concrete curved walls and hosted auto racing under the new name Chicago Motor Speedway. It was unsucessful in the long run, and closed after the 2003 Season. There were many complaints from nearby residents about loud noise pollution wich proboubly doomed this old facility during the auto racing period.
Another historic era has ended in Cicero Illinois. Sportsman's Park...R.I.P