Off road enthusiasts and supporters, we were unable
so save any of the 143 acres form being developed, even
the small area that contained the original Carlsbad
Skate Park was destroyed. Moving forward, we should
look to more politically stable areas that can used
for these types of off road activities.
A Letter to all SCR Supporters
I have good news for you. Our
efforts may have made a difference. The now buried Carlsbad
Skate Park is in the process of being preserved! It
is true, the buried Skate Park built in 1976, and buried
for 20+ years,is being negotiated for purchase by the
Skate Board group, headed by David Bergthold. The owners
are sympathetic and are indeed open to saving the park.
The property the Skate Park is located on is a much
smaller 6 acre section, and may be split off & separated
in order to prevent it from being destroyed. The talks
are moving forward. I am extremely happy with these
ongoing negotiations. But still, the continued interest
of qualified investors is vital. But it looks like GH
Fenton is being very reasonable.
I praise them for that. They are doing the right thing.
As for the remaining 137+ acres that is known as Carlsbad
Raceway, I am afraid that the news is not as good.
THE END - - is in sight for the
Grading is scheduled for mid December! We have not been
able to stop it.
Several events have had a negative effect on our plans
to save the raceway.
1. The State of California could
not fund the purchase of this property at this time.
2. HG Fenton closed escrow much earlier than originally
3. Lack of funding to support our accumulated legal
4. Dooms day-ers negative propaganda helped squelch
our ability to gain more support.
The Raceway as we know it will
be gone very soon now.Only a combined purchase offer
of $20 mil could change this. So far, the indications
are clear that there is NO interest, corporate or private,
in purchasing this property. So, without interested
buyer(s) / investor(s), the 143 acre Raceway is doomed.
It is just a matter of days now. Only a miracle of immediate
investment activity can save the entire 143 acre raceway.
This would indeed be a surprise to me. Time is quickly
running out on the drag strip & motocross track.
Because of this, I do not plan
to spend any more time on the Carlsbad Raceway effort.
Instead, I hope that we all can
get behind David Bergthold and the rest of the Skate
guys, in order to help them wrap up the skate park effort.
I intend to work to support them. Although there is
much to do, and more hills to climb, this effort looks
to have success written all over it. It appears that
it can indeed be preserved.
The now buried Carlsbad Skate
Park, is the worlds first skate park, and for that reason
should be preserved. Many young skate boarders will
be able to enjoy it. I know that my seven year old will
want to be having fun at this historic facility. And
I cannot wait to get him over there. I am very happy
that this looks to be moving forward.
Although I am sad that our efforts to save the 143 acre
Raceway look to be at an end, I can honestly say that
we have indeed made a difference. By helping save and
uncover the historic Carlsbad Skate Park we will have
achieved a great deal of success. If this effort continues
to move forward, and actually succeeds, we will have
helped preserve something that would have more than
likely been destroyed, and in doing so, skate boarders
from all over the world will enjoy this area for many
years to come.
We can be very proud of this.
This is very special. I want to thank all of you from
the bottom of my heart. Your support was appreciated.
You have indeed helped this cause, you have defiantly
made a difference. You are all great.
I hope that we can some day meet
again, at a new family oriented recreational facility,
a better one!
Save Carlsbad Raceway, Chairman