Man Injured in Fall at Goodyear Trotting Park

West Valley View
October 22, 2012
by Brent Whiting

A 17-year-old man was injured over the weekend in a 20-foot fall at the Phoenix Trotting Park in Goodyear.

The accident took place about 11:30 p.m. Saturday while the victim and four friends apparently were exploring the abandoned facility, said Russ Braden, a battalion chief and spokesman for the Goodyear Fire Department.

The victim, whose name was not released, suffered a head injury during a tumble into an empty elevator shaft at the fenced facility, Braden said Tuesday.

He was semi-conscious when he was airlifted from the trotting park to a Phoenix hospital for treatment, he said.

On Tuesday, he remained in critical condition at the hospital, said Lt. Scott Benson, a Goodyear police spokesman.

Police were called to investigate the incident. Those involved are expected to be charged with trespassing onto the vacant track facility, Benson said.

There has been little use of the park, which is southwest of Interstate 10 and Cotton Lane, since closing down in December 1966 because of low attendance.

The harness-racing stadium, which had seats for 5,400 people, made its debut in January 1965 with more than 12,000 visitors, but attendance quickly sagged.

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