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Oaklawn Park plans 58,000-square-foot expansion

June 11, 2013

HOT SPRINGS — The Hot Springs Planning Commission is scheduled to vote this week on a 58,000-square-foot expansion of Oaklawn Park's gaming area.
Oaklawn General Manager Eric Jackson says the plan is separate from the racetrack's previous expansion, which was completed in May 2009. Jackson tells the Sentinel-Record that Oaklawn has seen "organic growth" since the state legalized electronic gambling machines at racetracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis.
If the planning commission approves the site plan, work could begin next May.
The park initially planned to begin the expansion this year, but Jackson says a proposed constitutional amendment last year made it difficult for Oaklawn to move forward. The proposal, which was unsuccessful, would have given another business exclusive rights to operate casinos in the state.

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