Should TRAC remain an equestrian facility? Well, first, the question is wrong -- it's not "just" an equestrian facility. TRAC is the Trade, Recreation and Agricultural Center which means it offers a variety of events for the community. A quick check of the events held at TRAC shows: monster truck demonstrations, motocross, concerts, trade shows, dances, equestrian events, etc., which reflects the wide variety of events TRAC has offered. I think TRAC, as it's currently managed fills its role quite well.
At issue is the fact that TRAC events don't fully recover the cost of the facility. Although its current management has done a good job of bringing in more and more events, bringing events with broader appeal and has managed its costs to a minimum; it still costs the city of Pasco and Franklin County money each year to keep it open. I think it is money well spent. If we compare that to the cost of cities to maintain parks, docks other public spaces, TRAC is a bargain. Should it be converted to an aquatics center? If that's the only alternative to public facilities that require funding support, then the Convention Center should be at risk as well.
TRAC is a great asset as it stands, and if its contribution to the community could be truly measured, I think this question of converting it to another use would be water under the bridge (pun intended).
-- RAY SADESKY, Pasco