The long touted GUARDIAN plans for an Idaho Agricultural HERITAGE PARK have new potential following the recent announcement by horse racing proponents opting out of their lease of Les Bois race track.
Here is the official press release from Ada County:The Board of Ada County Commissioners (BOCC) received notice from Treasure Valley Racing on Friday, November 30, 2018 that they will not be renewing their lease at Les Bois Park.
Since 2016, Treasure Valley Racing has leased the 63-acre park from Ada County. The lease was not set to expire until the end of 2020. Treasure Valley Racing had the option to renew the lease or give Ada County 30 days’ notice if they wanted to forgo the remaining two years of the lease.
Future plans for the racetrack and Turf Club are unknown at this time. The BOCC will be meeting with the Director of Expo Idaho in the coming weeks to discuss options. Any major decisions will be passed to the new BOCC. Diana Lachiondo, Commissioner-elect District 1 and Kendra Kenyon, Commissioner-elect District 3 will take office on January 14, 2019.
We have been seeking development of a historical “Destination Venue” at the track featuring a turn of the century farm with horses, barns, wagon and carriage rides, old tractors, etc. We feel this would be great to teach the history of Idaho agriculture as well as serving as a fun place to visit. Currently there isn’t much more than the Old Pen to attract visitors attending the many conventions booked in Boise each year.
To insure more advertising-free Boise Guardian news, please consider financial support.