List of Roberts Stadium ideas officially handed over to Mayor Winnecke

A final decision on what to do with Roberts Stadium will be made by the end of May.

That word Friday night from Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, after receiving the final report from the Roberts Stadium Task Force.

The mayor says it would cost about $200,000 a year for this building to just sit, and he's not going to allow that to happen.

"I don't really want to see us lose Roberts Stadium," said resident Dana Deken.

It's been a part of the community for decades, and now the future of the facility has been whittled down to six options.

"I think we delivered a pretty fact filled report," said Task Force Chair Larry Steenberg.

14 News was there as Steenberg handed Mayor Winnecke the committee's list of recommendations.

"I think he needs to look at the finances. I think he needs to look at the image of the city and the benefit of the city that each of these ideas projects," Steenberg said.

Some options on that list include a concert venue, a business center, a park and an extreme action sports facility. Those we spoke with all favored some sort of sports complex.

"Either sports or swimming or just some activities to entertain our kids of all ages," Deken said.

"I know that they do already have a Skate Park at Swonder. Maybe they could move that over. And I also like the idea of the business complex. Maybe something that could help the needy," said one resident, named Stacy.

"It will not, in my administration, be part of a commercial endeavor. It will be part of the recreational fabric," Mayor Winnecke told 14 News.

Mayor Winnecke says, starting next week, he will meet with the city controller and see what revenue streams are available, then decide which option makes the most sense financially.

"At the end of the day, the city has to be able to afford whatever we do," Winnecke noted.

The Mayor tells us Friday night, he hopes to have his final recommendation presented to the parks board by the end of May. Of course, we'll keep you updated.

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