Flamboro Downs wants ideas for property
There are about 50 acres of surplus land on the property at Flamboro Downs, and the owner, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, is looking for public feedback about what to do with it.
The surplus land at the horse racing and slots facility on Highway 5 is split into two parcels and could be used for anything from an outdoor amphitheatre to trails, sports fields or community gardens.
The land development is intended to be “revenue neutral,” and a way to give back to the community, said Bruce Barbour, executive director of racing operations for Great Canadian. Right now, the land is farmed. The City of Hamilton voted several years ago for Flamboro Downs to be the preferred site for gaming in the area.
In October, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation issued a request for proposals to an unidentified list of “pre-qualified proponents” who bid to run gaming sites in Hamilton, Brantford, Elora and Campbellville.
Barbour said Great Canadian is bound by a nondisclosure agreement and cannot comment on whether it is involved in the request-for-proposals process.
However, whether gaming grows or changes at Flamboro Downs depends on that decision. And the ability to maintain whatever is built on the surplus lands is dependent on gaming staying at Flamboro Downs, Barbour said.
Ward 15 Coun. Judi Partridge said she’s “very excited for the opportunity for residents to create their own vision for another recreational jewel.”
The available land is a “great outdoor recreational opportunity,” Partridge said. Possibilities include everything from trails, to playgrounds, splash pads, skating rinks and camping.
A public survey at flamborodowns.com/survey will be available until June 9, followed by anticipated community meetings.