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Updated: 13th November 2019 15:04 Calgary

Future of city's motorsports up for debate

A Calgary alderman wants motorsports groups and businesses to meet and discuss the future of the sport in the city.

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The lease on Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park, located on city land in the southeast, is up next year. ((CBC))

A Calgary alderman wants motorsports groups and businesses to meet and discuss the future of the sport in the city.

The lease on Race City Motorsport Park ends in 2012, and Ward 12 Ald. Shane Keating wants to create a task force to figure out if a new racetrack is feasible and where it could go.

He said the meeting is just an initial discussion about the options.

"We need to identify who's out there, who are the players, what's the need, what should be encompassed in this future possibility," said Keating, in whose southeast ward the Race City speedway currently sits. "We're looking at organizations, mainly."

He said the meeting would be inclusive of all organizations, even the Race City group.

The meeting, planned for Jan. 27, will not be open to the public.

The city has said it needs the land at Race City Motorsport Park to expand the Shepard landfill site.

City officials have estimated leaving Race City on the land will cost taxpayers $600,000 a year for event security, garbage collection and future remediation of the land.

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