January 25, 2007
America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
National Trust for Historic Preservation
1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
To Whom It May Concern:
The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation is writing to support the nomination of the Hialeah Park Race Track to the America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List for 2007.
The Hialeah Park Race Track is the oldest and widest turf horse racetrack in the United States. The racetrack is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also eligible for listing as a National Historic Landmark. This important historic landmark has contributed not only to the development of the city of Hialeah, but has also played a positive role in the development of tourism in South Florida.
Recently, the Citizens of South Florida for the Preservation of the Hialeah Race Track contacted the Florida Trust informing us of the imminent threat to the racetrack by the proposal of a large multi-use development plan. This proposed development has the potential of adversely affecting the Hialeah Park Race Track, and if it continues as planned, would result in the removal of the site from the National Register and from consideration for National Historic Landmark status.
It’s our opinion that, with the right level of support nationally, regionally, and locally, preservationists will have the opportunity to work with the developers for this proposed project and minimize the effects to this nationally-significant historic site. The media attention generated by listing on the America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List could considerably increase the success in saving this site.
Thank you for your consideration.