Group pitches motorsports park for southwest side

March 2, 2010
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Motorsports Park map thumbA local man wants to build a motorsports park complete with a Motocross track, one-fifth-mile dirt track and ATV trails on 36 acres near Interstate 465 and Mann Road on the southwest side. Entrepreneur Dale Skaggs, who owns the property under Skaggs Enterprises Inc., has applied for a variance to build the park in a floodplain along the White River at 4107 W. Thompson Road. He's also are asking for permission to build restrooms, concession stands, and a bike wash and storage area, along with access to the White River. The site previously was approved for eight softball diamonds, batting cages and a concession stand. An initial hearing, scheduled for March 11, has been continued until April, said senior planner David Hittle. The planning department last year recommended denial of a similar proposal, citing the proximity of residential neighborhoods to what would be a noisy user, along with regulations on development in a floodplain, Hittle said. The developer's land-use attorney, Mike Quinn, says the site is perfect for the area's first American Motorcyclist Association-sanctioned Motocross track. Check out the proposed site plan.

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  • duh?
    Because racing is doing soooo well in indy these days.
  • Anthony, someone let the haters out.

    Indy still holds the two largest one day sporting events in the world at IMS, largest drag race in the world, MotoGP at IMS not to mention a strong weekly race schedule from figure 8's at the Speedrome to sports cars at Raceway Park.

    be careful Dahooey, your spreading your partisan ignorance outside the sports blogs.
  • DaHooey
    Gee whiz, c'mon, someone forgot to run this by DaHooey first for his nonpartisan, objective viewpoint.

    Dang it, anyhow, you guys got to get this thing right in the future. Fist things first.

    Goodness......
  • Back on topic, This is a good idea only in areas where it will not disturb residents or businesses. If there are houses within hearing range, then they should have to sign off on it. As a kid I lived about a mile from the State Fairgrounds. Even with that distance, we could hear the spring cars running around the dirt track. But since they were first, we lived with it. I would hate to live near this thing and have to listen to it every night.
  • Excited
    As a local rider I am excited to see this business trying to come through. The bikes nowadays are getting much quieter, and he can even proprose a sound rule if he would like. There are several local clubs that do just that. The bikes exhaust volumes pale in comparison to the types of vehicles that run at the state fairgrounds.

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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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