Public gets first look at designs for Roberts Park
By Brandon Bartlett, Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
Preliminary plans have been released and now the public is starting to weigh in on the design of Roberts Park.
Some people said they would make a few tweaks here and there, but that's exactly what the meeting on Tuesday night was for.
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke told 14 News last week about a "wow factor" that's built into the park. He finally shared that on Tuesday night.
A design plan months in the making was officially unveiled just steps from where the park will be located.
"I think it's very good for Evansville and it's a place that all ages can enjoy," resident Peggy White said.
Peggy and Ray White were some of the first to get a look at the concept plan for Roberts Park. Everything from green space to water to a dog park. Things, they say can be enjoyed by children and adults.
"They can go in and play with the dog and have fun. The kids can play in the water, just live it up," Ray said.
"I think the garden will be beautiful and I like all the water stuff," Peggy said.
For the past few months, a design team has been working this puzzle, deciding just where the garden, the skate area, the playground, and even a fitness area might be located.
"I was concerned maybe the dog park area that's not final is a little close to the playground, but that can be worked out," Peggy said.
It's just those concerns that city officials say they want to hear.
"If people think they love all the amenities but maybe one thing should be here instead of here, that's what we need to hear," Mayor Winnecke said.
Winnecke called the concept plan a homerun, but says feedback from the public will decide the final plan.
He did share with 14 News that a component he says will be a wow factor for the park. Something called the "framed view" that he says can take any kind of shape. For now, it's set to be located just off the Lloyd Expressway.
If you want to see the plans and didn't get a chance to on Tuesday night, the second concept meeting will take place at the Traveling City Hall meeting set for Wednesday, July 31, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at 918 W. Mill Rd.