Thursday, 22 February 2018 06:03

425-acre, world-class haven for fans of motorsports coming to southern Alberta

Written by  Jamie Rieger
Rate this item
(0 votes)
All of the 425 acres of land to be used for the Badlands Motorsports Resort will be put to good use, as shown in this depiction. Two road courses, a Kart track, skid pad area, a hotel, condos, and trails for other recreational activities are being planned. All of the 425 acres of land to be used for the Badlands Motorsports Resort will be put to good use, as shown in this depiction. Two road courses, a Kart track, skid pad area, a hotel, condos, and trails for other recreational activities are being planned. Contributed

When Calgary-based Dr. Jay Zelazo is not working at his day job as a radiologist, he can often be found behind the wheel, racing around one of the many motorsport tracks in North America.


When he would return home to drive at the Race City Motorsports Park, he found the hometown track was not of the same caliber as others around Canada and the United States and began considering bringing a world-class facility to southern Alberta.
With other like-minded motorsports enthusiasts, Zelazo and his father, James, purchased some land near Drumheller and began working on what is to become the Badlands Motorsports Resort.
"Our founder, Jay Zelazo, he and his family were into motorsports in Calgary and would tour all over North America. They noticed that the facility in Calgary was not up to par with the other facilities in North America and felt Calgary could support something like this," said Quentin Osborne, communications coordinator for Badlands Motorsports Resort.
The 425-acre plot of land, located a half-hour drive west of Drumheller and near Rosebud in Kneehhill County, is in the centre of a major tourism hub for southern Alberta and organizers are hopeful the location will draw in tourists who are also motorsport enthusiasts.
"The Badlands is a booming tourism area. The Motorsports Resort isn't just a place for racers. A lot of families are enthusiasts and the Badlands with its scenery and attractions fits well into what we are doing." said Osborne.
The group (Badlands Recreation Development Corporation) contracted the services of world-renowned motorsports road course race tracks, Alan Wilson, who has designed and built many tracks around the world.
(Continued on Page 3)
The proposed design will include two full-length road courses, Kart track, and skid pad area.
According to their website, the Badlands Motorsports Resort is "intended for a large user group, including club level motorsports competitors and enthusiasts, and visitors looking for a unique driving experience, corporate groups, and a private member group with exclusive access rights."
Their focus is to build a world-class, multi-faceted destination resort for motorsports enthusiasts that will include a hotel, condos, and businesses.
The vision of Zelazo from more than 10 years ago is coming closer to becoming a reality as they finalize the permitting stage and move into the construction phase."
It's been a long project that started more than 10 years ago," said his father, James. "It's significant from an environmental perspective. There are lots of rules and regulations and we have done a lot of studies. It's been strenuous, but we have them all completed."
Initial construction will include the development of the motorsports facility and support infrastructure, with other recreational developments being planned for the future, including cycling and hiking trails. Osborne said they have already received interest from cycling groups for use of the facility for races.
"We have had interest from cycling groups to use the facility and hiking and cycling trails would be relatively simple. This is a big development and it will get built over many years," he said.
The grand opening of the Badlands Motorsports Resort will tentatively open sometime in 2019.
For further information, visit their website at https://badlandsmotorsportsresort.com/

Read 617 times Last modified on Friday, 23 February 2018 05:28

More Alberta News...