OUR STORY

The latest from the DRA

April 2022 Board Meeting

Marie Ware, Leisure Services Manger for the City of Dubuque, leading a walking tour of Schmitt Island following the April DRA Board of Directors meeting. 

 

First and latest check to the City of Dubuque

Latest check to the City of Dubuque. Given in February 2022.

Board at the Retreat

DRA Board at the 2022 Retreat

$1 Billion Impact Since 1985

$1 Billion+ economic impact in the Dubuque area since 1985.

DRA Impact Over the Years

Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility, funded with the help of a $750,000 contribution by the DRA

QSO Begins

In 2008, the Diamond Jo Casino opened an $84 million land-based casino. As the QSO for Diamond Jo Casino, the DRA is responsible for distributing funds received from them back into the community.

Addition of casino

In 2005, Dubuque Greyhound Park & Casino completed a $33 million renovation, more than doubling the casino size from 11,675 sq/ft to 29,600 sq/ft.

Busy day at the races

The Dubuque Greyhound Park opened for it’s first day of live racing on June 1, 1985. A typical day at the races included a full parking lot, including an average of 20-30 buses, with the record being 48 buses in a single day of racing!

Opening Day

As the nation’s first and only nonprofit greyhound race track, the Dubuque Greyhound Park had it’s inaugural day and ribbon cutting on June 1, 1985. 

Come out and play!

Iconic “Come Out And Play!” slogan and graphic for the Greyhound Park.

Construction Begins!

Construction begins of the Dubuque Greyhound Park.

First DRA Board

First DRA Board

Back the Track

Concept and scaled model of the Dubuque Racing Association Greyhound Track. Members of the community went door-to-door with this campaign to “Back The Track”.