Jul 26, 2011

Race track architecture series

Be there..and get smart

The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation has put together a nice show & tell series on the matter of global race track architecture. The three scheduled sessions will run thru the Saratoga meet and should be of interest to local give a hoots.

The speaker is Mr Paul Roberts of England's Turnberry Consulting -- the firm contracted by NYRA to create a strategic plan for upgrading its three tracks in the state. I attended an earlier presentation by Mr Roberts and can attest to his understanding of Saratoga's history as well as his unique knowledge of what racing facilities look like.

Session # starts tonight at the Saratoga Arts Center. Here is the primer for the series:

Race Course ArchitecturePaul Roberts, Speaker
$10 members/$15 non-members per lecture

Paul Roberts will present three lectures on historic race courses world-wide. The last of which will feature research from his newly published book The Spa: Saratoga’s Legendary Track. After each lecture, Mr. Roberts will host a book signing.

In May 2007, the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation formed the Saratoga Race Course Preservation Coalition to advocate for a thoughtful, balanced approach to the preservation and modernization at the Saratoga Race Course. Paul Roberts of Turnberry Consulting, London was appointed in 2008 by New York Racing Association (NYRA) to advise the direction of capital improvements on the Saratoga Race Course’s three tracks, following the confirmation of NYRA’s new franchise. The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation as part of the Saratoga Race Course Preservation Coalition wishes to aid NYRA in preserving the future integrity of the buildings and landscape features of Saratoga Race Course.

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