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TELL US: What Should Open at Monmouth Park?

What would you like to see included in a proposed $100 million redevelopment project at the racetrack?

Earlier this week, the Asbury Park Press reported that plans were in the works to position as a year-round destination by upping the entertainment quotient with shops, restaurants and even an indoor water park.

According to the article, the proposed $100 million redevelopment project for the racetrack -- which recently switched management hands from the state to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association -- could begin within the year pending land use approvals.

Some of the ideas being kicked about for the project include a movie theater, retail space, restaurants, miniature golf and an indoor water park in hopes of driving traffic, and dollars, to the racetrack.

Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon that he is on the same page as the Thoroughbred Horsemen and supported making the venue a 365-day operation.

While I've heard one resident say she'd love to see new shops and maybe a Starbucks breathe some life into the 320-acre site, I heard another Oceanport mom say that the last thing she wants is for her kids to be begging her to go to a water park every day.

stephanie hervilly March 15, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Indoor waterpark!
Shannon K. Winning March 15, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Indoor water park! And a coffee shop. Starbucks or Booskerdoo, somewhere I can get a quality espresso drink on trips back and forth to Wolf Hill. Actually, that would be perfect for our rundown Cumberland Farms strip mall. It needs an anchor store.
Edward Van Embden March 15, 2012 at 04:11 AM
How about a petting zoo? A bright future for our retired equine friends!
Nancy Keevil Kusch March 15, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Last thing we need in this economy is another mall. The ones we already have have shops closing up left and right. Concerts is probably the most profitable option, but don't think residents would appreciate the late night noise.
rbresident March 16, 2012 at 09:43 AM
We need places or stores that will boost the economy and be owned by locals we don't need over priced chains like Starbucks. But they really need to do something with the track. Although many seem to oppose, an indoor water park/boardwalk would draw an enormous crowd to the local area.

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