Rillito Park has been a famous local spot for decades, offering people of Tucson the chance to enjoy an afternoon of horse racing. Now, a recent vote has revived the future of Rillito Park for the next four years.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously, 5-0, to extend the lease for horse racing at the venue through 2021. This extension includes a $1 million dollar grant and gift that will be used for renovation on the facility.
In 2006, the same County Board of Supervisors voted to tear down the historic racing venue grandstand and move the competition to the Pima County Fairgrounds. Pima County was planning on constructing an 18-field, multi-million dollar soccer complex in it’s place, which was going to hold regional and national sporting events.
Shortly after, the Great Recession put those plans on hold indefinitely, giving Rillito a chance to carry on as a multi-use facility, with 11 fields popular for youth soccer, lacrosse, rugby and football.
Now, for the next four years, sporting teams will continue to share the facility with horse racing, which brings in revenue for the property and the county. It has not yet been determined what the plans are for the building after 2021.