Updated: April 17th, 2012 - Welcome
to the original "Save Carlsbad Raceway"
I have left this hastily built and simple web site
basically unchanged since August of 2005. That is
when we had learned that indeed we had lost our fight
to save the parcel from being developed. Amazingly,
during this effort to save the Raceway, we had received
emails literally from around the world offering help
and praise for our efforts. As far west as Australia
and east to Germany. I was in awe from the incredible
response that we had received, and humbled by the
fantastic people I was able to meet along the way.
The reactions we collected are preserved here
on this web site. As I again read these pages,
the response we received still strikes me as truly
amazing. Indeed this raceway was well known
around the world.
Today from this web site you can still observe the
chain of events that led to the destruction and redevelopment
of the area know as Carlsbad Raceway.
I hope that this web site can serve as a tool for
others to learn about the process of saving recreational
areas. For those who want to take on City Hall,
I advise you to start early in the process. Unfortunately,
our reaction time fell way short, and our late efforts
just we not enough to save this one of a kind facility.....
As this Raceway finally died, many peoples lives and
memories were changed forever.
to this day, the new Industrial Park that stands on
top of this famous Raceway is still mostly vacant.
A sad case that holds true over seven years later.
Our efforts were indeed noticed, but the 143 acres
known as The Carlsbad Raceway are gone. A new Industrial
Park is replacing this once unique recreational area.I
want to thank all of you for your help.
It seems that it was just
not meant to be.
email campaign made a substantial impact. As well,
our special mailing effort to Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger and Jay Leno, had indeed raised
the level of involvement. I want to thank everyone
for helping us, this was a huge effort. Incidentally,
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was aware of our efforts,
but for reasons unknown to me did little to change
the course of events. A pleasant surprise came when
our message to NBC's Jay Lenohad
been received. Mr. Leno was nice enough to contact
me by phone to tell us that he thought that our efforts
were noble, and had offered his assistance. Unfortunately,
it was just too late to save the Carlsbad Raceway.
Mr. Leno, thank you for your kind words and
your offer to help us. We appreciated it very much.
10th, 2005 1
year later.........it's gone, all 143 acres have been
THE SKATE PARK HAS BEEN DESTROYED!
received this email from David Berthold just today.
The original Carlsbad Skatepark was destroyed Thursday
the 12th of May 2005. After coming very close to saving
the park, it was a sad day for those of us who were
fighting to save this historical landmark. With absolutely
no support from the City of Carlsbad and insufficient
commitment from the skateboard industry, the effort
to rescue the park was finally lost."
Thanks for your support and time dedicated to saving
the park. We were told we still had a couple weeks
but it's gone now. Yeah, I'm sad. I really thought
we could pull this off. Photos and an update will
be added to the site ASAP.
of 3-23-05 shows that grading had closed in on
the skate park.
But today, it is GONE.............
was not enough interest to save the Skate Park.
The Drag Strip &
Moto Cross Areas as of 3-23-05.
Sadly, the drag strip and moto cross areas have been
bull dozed and are now unrecognizable as seen in the
far background of this image.
efforts to save the entire Raceway have ended!
Newspaper prophecy has come true.
is The End for the Raceway.
a combined purchase offer of $20 mil could have changed
There has been NO interest, corporate
or private, in purchasing this property. So, without
interested buyer(s) / investor(s), the 143 acre Raceway
has been destroyed. It is over now.
has run out on the drag strip & motocross track.
old August 2004 article)
Was A non-profit California Corporationwas
formed in order
to save & upgrade &
re-opening the raceway.
raceway had significant
To our local residents, and elected
you for all your support. If we only had more time,
and an earlier start, things may have turned out different.
To the News Media: Thank
You for your continued coverage, it added life to our
August, 2004 News Story (13 mb)
15th 2004 News Story (13 mb)
click and save to desktop, then open the file.
and over many years, the City of Carlsbad looks
to have finally succeeded in their plans to have
an industrial park built on this site. In doing
so, this historic OHV recreational facility will
be destroyed. Although all the activities have stopped,
these memories live on.
1965 Carlsbad Raceway - April
Issue of Car Craft Left Lane: the Crossley-Williams-Swan "Kamakazi
Right Lane: Adams-Yates.
(image courtesy of Beth Crossley) More
images of the great Bill Crossley