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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Portland International Raceway (PIR)

PROJECT OVERVIEW
The existing Portland International Raceway (PIR) Conditional Use Master Plan is due to expire in fall 2013. An update is needed to maintain facilities and development of future projects related to the operation of PIR. Some objectives for the plan update include revision of the existing project list, increased operational flexibility, and protection of environmental assets.

Project Manager
Allan Schmidt
503-823-6005
Allan.Schmidt@portlandoregon.gov         

Public Involvement Coordinator
Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong
503-823-5113
Elizabeth.Kennedy-Wong@portlandoregon.gov


Public Involvement Overview
The public will be asked to respond to the recommendations made by staff and the consultants. This process will include a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) and two opportunities for the community to attend events at the raceway. The purpose of these events is to both educate the community on the operations and functions of the site and to provide information regarding the recommendations for the update of the CUMP. The community and the advisory committee will both be asked to provide feedback on those recommendations.


PROJECT BACKGROUND
In 1965, Portland International Raceway was built on the site of Vanport City, which was destroyed by a flood in 1948. Prior to its destruction, Vanport was the second largest city in Oregon. Vanport was constructed in 1942 to house the thousands of war-time shipbuilders that Henry Kaiser, of Henry Kaiser Industries, had recruited from New York to help with the war effort. Vanport, which was constructed in under a year, was deemed 'The Miracle City.' It had its own post office, nine schools, a fire station, a 400-seat cafeteria, a 785-seat theater, a library, a hospital, 14 playgrounds, five commercial centers, and a police station staffed by 22 officers. 

The primary use for the PIR site is for a broad spectrum of race-related events. Major Event Entertainment is the City Code’s use category that most closely fits the primary use at PIR. The PIR Plan District, and the master plan, allows uses that would typically not be allowed in the Open Space zone. In addition to race events, other uses exist at PIR which are generally secondary or accessory to the race-related activities, e.g., offices for racetrack employees, concessions, racetrack-related motor vehicle repair and servicing, and parking.

Portland International Raceway is an Enterprise Fund. This designation means that the raceway is run and managed by the City of Portland, but it does not receive any General Fund subsidy. PIR covers its cost through the revenue it generates. Activities include:

  • Drags
  • Motocross
  • Road racing
  • Cruise-in
  • Bicycle racing
  • Motorcycle track days and racing
  • Car Club Track Days
  • Pro Drive Racing School and High Performance Driving
  • Running events