The Environmental Journal of Southern Appalachia
Thursday, 18 March 2021 10:18

Opponents race to stop proposed motorsports track in Oak Ridge

KNOX NEWS: Does a motorsports park make sense for Oak Ridge?

A Knoxville real estate developer and some officials maintain a motorsports park at the Horizon Center industrial park would create jobs, tax revenues and a destination for private high-performance vehicle enthusiasts in the region. Opponents lament possible noise and light pollution and the loss and fragmentation of healthy, diverse hardwood forest and open space set aside decades ago by DOE as an environmental preserve. 

The municipal approval process has moved forward since this video was made, but here is a comprehensive argument from those who oppose the Oak Ridge motorsports park and would rather preserve the popular recreational and natural site on the far west end of Oak Ridge.