Hazel Park, Michigan
In 1884, a school district was formed and named “Hazel Park District 8
” after the plentiful hazelnut bushes in the area. Hazel Park
experienced great residential growth in the 1920s when Ford Motor Company expanded its nearby Highland Park plant. Hazel Park
was incorporated in 1941, branding itself as “The Friendly City.” A popular local attraction, Hazel Park Raceway was first developed as an automobile raceway in 1948, but it went bankrupt before opening its doors. In 1949, local business leaders purchased the property to build a horse racetrack. Because the auto raceway was already in place, the new owners simply built the horse racetrack right on top of the original foundation. Today, Hazel Park Raceway.is the only venue in Michigan offering live thoroughbred racing.