Plan Empire Improvement: Infield of Yonkers Course Will be Beautified and Other Work Done Before next Year, Daily Racing Form, 1924-11-08


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.G PLAN EMPIRE IMPROVEMENT Infield of Yonkers Course Will Be Beautified and Other Work Done Before Next Year. NEW YORK, Nov. 7. Before the next meeting at Empire City takes place next year President James Butler intends to beautify his course, so that it will compare with any in the country. Its natural advantages make it an easy matter to embellish it. - Architects and landscape gardners have been at work on plans for some time and since the closing of the gates after the fall meeting work was begun and will continue until the ground is frozen. Chief among the improvements will be the planting and plotting of the inheld with trees, flowers and shrubs. The ground was levelled last spring preparatory to this and the surface is ready for the material which will transform the area which a few years ago was a bare waste in spots. Many of the shrubs and flowering plants will come from Mr. Butlers own greenhouses at Eastview. An ornamental steel stairway will join the clubhouse and the end of the grandstand in which a number of additional boxes will be built. These are being installed at the request of a number of patrons who prefer this area to any other from which to view the races. North River brick walks will replace those of cement These are cooler, as they absorb less heat and absorb the moisture. The already attractive clubhouse is to be newly decorated and will be made as thoroughly home-like as the most fastidious of the women patrons of the course could desire. The grandstand and other buildings will be painted and a number of additional stables will be built in order to satisfy the constantly increasing demands of the horsemen who like to race at Empire City summer and autumn. With the new barns there will be stabling for 1,500 horses at Empire City. The course itself Aviil not be neglected. Superintendent Joseph McClarkey will resurface it with the best top soil available. In a word the entire plant will be put in the highest state of perfection before the opening of the meeting of 1925.

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