Grand Prix Canceled for 2003
By Marc Borbely, 536 13th St. NE
The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission announced on Friday night the cancellation of the 2003 Grand Prix auto race, according to an article in yesterday's Washington Post. The race had been scheduled to take place June 27-29 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.
According to the article, sports commission officials complained that the event's promoter had proposed little to reduce the noise of cars racing about 50 yards from homes in Kingman Park.
Kingman Park residents had presented the sports commission with a petition signed by about 90 residents in opposition of having the Grand Prix in their neighborhood, according to the paper. The residents had also hired a public relations specialist and were receiving help from Georgetown University Law Center in preparing a lawsuit to block the race.
"The community is overwhelmingly pleased with the decision," Frazer Walton Jr., president of the Kingman Park Civic Association, was quoted as saying. "The sports commission and the Williams administration were turning a deaf ear to our concerns and offered not real viable alternatives. ... We also felt that not only was the community being exploited, but the health of the community was being put at risk."
Info: Washington Post, March 8 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60342 -2003Mar8.html. §