Wonderland’s closed. So why are there so many cars?

Revere, MA - 6/7/2017  - Cars sit parked in the lot of the shuttered Wonderland Greyhound Park in Revere, MA, June 7, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
A sea of rental cars fills the parking lot at Wonderland Greyhound Park, which closed in 2010. –Keith Bedford/Boston Globe

John Powers remembers when Wonderland Greyhound Park was a big draw, packing in gamblers — and their cars — from across the region. Powers, a longtime Revere city councilor, would sneak into the park to make a quick buck when he was young.

“I used to go down there at night and get old programs and resell them,” Powers said with a laugh. “I was constantly chased away by the police.”

Cars still fill Wonderland’s parking lots on the VFW Parkway, but dogs haven’t circled the track since 2010, after voters banned greyhound racing in the state. But now the rotting clubhouse is surrounded by hundreds of vehicles stored there by rental companies because of the proximity to Logan Airport.

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