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Grand Ronde Tribe hosts farewell event for Multnomah Greyhound Park

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Multnomah Greyhound Park. (Photo: KPTV) Multnomah Greyhound Park. (Photo: KPTV)
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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde hosted a farewell event for the Multnomah Greyhound Park before the grandstand building is torn down next month.

The Grand Ronde Tribe purchased the 31-acre property in December 2015. The Multnomah Greyhound Park closed in 2004 and the land has sat vacant since that time.

In its heyday in 1987, the park attracted more than 611,000 spectators, according to the Grand Ronde Tribe.

Tribal leaders are working on potential development scenarios for the property, but no formal plans have been announced.

"We have extensive hotel and entertainment venue expertise with Spirit Mountain, and look forward to bringing that to the City of Wood Village as we continue to diversify our assets," said Grand Ronde Tribal Council Chair Reynold L. Leno in a statement.

The public was invited out Tuesday to say goodbye to the park. People received vintage greyhound posters and told stories of their memories of the park.

Some expressed disappointment to see it torn down, since it's been a part of the city for so long. Others, however, said they are happy to see the site being developed after sitting idle for more than a decade.

The demolition process began in April with the main structure scheduled to come down in early July.  

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