The old Phoenix Trotting Park set for demolition

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Abandoned for 50 years, the Phoenix Trotting Park is set for demolition. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Abandoned for 50 years, the Phoenix Trotting Park is set for demolition. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Maricopa County Air Quality Department confirmed two notifications for renovation and demolition were filed. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Maricopa County Air Quality Department confirmed two notifications for renovation and demolition were filed. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The Phoenix Trotting Park opened in 1965 to much fanfare. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Phoenix Trotting Park opened in 1965 to much fanfare. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Phoenix Trotting Park near Interstate 10 and State Route 303 has been abandoned for more than 50 years, but will soon be demolished.  

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department confirmed that two notifications for renovation and demolition were filed earlier this month. It's sort of a bittersweet situation. For some, the huge building was nothing more than an eyesore, but for others, it's a work of art. 

Trevor Freeman runs a website that gives the entire history of the park. He hopes someone will step in at the last minute and rescue it from destruction.  

"It's not so much owned by the owners of the property as it is the collective minds of all the people that live in Phoenix," he said.

The park opened with much fanfare back in 1965 with more than 12,000 people turning out to watch the horses trotting around the track. However, the park only lasted two seasons before attendance slumped and it closed down. It's been abandoned ever since. 

There's no word yet on what might take its place.

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