Earlier this week, the Asbury Park Press reported that plans were in the works to position as a year-round destination by upping the entertainment quotient with shops, restaurants and even an indoor water park.
According to the article, the proposed $100 million redevelopment project for the racetrack -- which recently switched management hands from the state to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association -- could begin within the year pending land use approvals.
Some of the ideas being kicked about for the project include a movie theater, retail space, restaurants, miniature golf and an indoor water park in hopes of driving traffic, and dollars, to the racetrack.
Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon that he is on the same page as the Thoroughbred Horsemen and supported making the venue a 365-day operation.
While I've heard one resident say she'd love to see new shops and maybe a Starbucks breathe some life into the 320-acre site, I heard another Oceanport mom say that the last thing she wants is for her kids to be begging her to go to a water park every day.