Los Alamitos May Get 40 More Horse Race Dates

The Cypress City Council will hold a public hearing Monday to consider adding up to 40 additional horse race dates a year at the Los Alamitos Race Course.

In addition to regular races on Friday through Sunday, 51 weeks a year, the course holds 20 thoroughbred horse races between July and December. The proposal being considered Monday would add 11 new race dates next month and 29 other race dates throughout the year.

The race course, which has seen attendance decline in recent years, finished an expansion of its track from five-eighths of a mile to a full mile in January, according to the Orange County Register.

In May, the council also approved the construction of 234 new horse stalls on the property.

Los Alamitos Race Course is located on Cerritos Avenue between Lexington and Walker, and is bordered by residential homes, two churches, businesses and retail stores.

According to the city’s parking study, peak attendance is expected on Saturdays with a demand of 2,857 parking spaces. The property currently has a capacity of 4,750 spaces.

The city council is also moving forward with a contract for design and engineering services for a bike lane project along Cerritos Avenue. The project, funded in part through a grant from the Orange County Transportation Authority or OCTA, will construct separated and striped bike lanes on Cerritos Avenue between Denni Street and Walker Street.

Monday’s meeting begins at 7 pm. Read the full agenda here.

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