© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
A horse receives a rub down after a warmup at the CDP Wednesday afternoon in preparation for the night's harness racing card.
The P.E.I. Horse Owners Association is hoping to make some changes to the Charlottetown Driving Park.
Survey work has begun on replacing seven of the older horse barns at the track.
The barns, all of which are more than 50 years old, are located along the Exhibition Drive side of the CDP.
Colleen Dickie, president of the association, said there are no concrete plans yet.
“We are hoping to replace the existing barns down on Exhibition Drive, the old barns down there,’’ Dickie said. “That’s the hope but, as I said, there’s nothing concrete now.’’
There are no plans to make any changes to the single barn at the corner of Exhibition Drive and Kensington Road or the barn located on the opposite side of the track on Park Street.
Over the next few decades, the eastern end of Charlottetown is likely going to see some major changes.
The provincial government would like to relocate the Department of Highways garage on Riverside Drive and there is lots of talk behind the scenes of building a new multi-purpose arena and entertainment facility. Now, don’t expect an announcement anytime soon but there are those who think an announcement could be made as early as 2018.
To be clear, that talk isn’t coming from the horse owners association.
The issue of the aging horse barns along Exhibition Drive isn’t meant to be the first domino in a new eastern end.
“The existing barns are in pretty rough shape at the moment,’’ Dickie said.
She added that they want to have all the answers to all the obvious questions to come before getting into more detail about what is going to happen with the barns.
One idea that has been floated is replacing the seven old barns with one large facility but Dickie said no final decisions have been made on anything yet.