TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The future of Heartland Park Topeka will be in limbo until at least early next year.
The Topeka City Council learned Tuesday that the city staff isn’t expected to recommend a prospective operator for the racing venue until Jan. 6.
The city had announced Monday that it received four proposals to run the park.
The city voted in August to authorize the purchase of Heartland Park, although it does not intend to run the racetrack.
A subsequent petition drive gained enough signatures to put the matter up for a citywide vote. But the city filed a lawsuit and a Shawnee County judge ruled last month that the petition drive was invalid. That ruling was appealed and is awaiting further court action.