Mayor Winnecke announces Roberts Stadium recommendation

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has just announced his recommendation for what to do with Roberts Stadium.
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has just announced his recommendation for what to do with Roberts Stadium.
Packed meeting to hear Roberts stadium recommendation.
Packed meeting to hear Roberts stadium recommendation.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke wants to turn the Roberts Stadium site into green space.

That's just a recommendation, but it comes after months of studies and public opinions.

Mayor Winnecke says many of the suggestions for this new green space actually came from the public in those task force meetings, and he says it's a solution that's cost effective and has a wide appeal.

After several months of studying and brainstorming the potential options for Roberts Stadium, Winnecke says he made his recommendation based on the data that keeping the building would be too expensive.

Wednesday, he recommended a $6 million project to tear it down and turn it into green space.

"I believe this proposal does create something for everyone and will further our efforts to energize Evansville," Winnecke said.

Pitching the name Roberts Park, Winnecke suggested the 37 acres hold features like a fitness area, dog park, and bike and walking trails, among other plans.

"The idea for a skate park emanated from the public, the idea of green space in general came from the public," said Winnecke.

Some features of the old stadium would be saved. The stadium seats would be transported to Mesker Park, and bricks from the building would be sold as souvenirs.

Parks Board President Jay Ritter says while Wednesday was the first time they had heard the mayor's opinion, they were familiar with some of the options.

"We've all been involved in the discussion that's been going on and this is something that has not been sprung on us for the first time," Ritter said.

He says they will be extensively discussing the mayor's recommendation, along with the task force data and he believes they will be able to reach a decision at their next meeting.

Winnecke acknowledged that some in the community might be disappointed that the new plan does not include an aquatic center, but he says constructing a new facility similar to Lloyd Pool has been set aside as a future goal.

Evansville Parks board will meet at Noon, June 20th to vote on the recommendation.

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