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Petition started to move ball field complex to Kleymeyer Park

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Flood plain map for area chosen for baseball and softball complex. The blue shaded area represents land prone to flooding. Flood plain map for area chosen for baseball and softball complex. The blue shaded area represents land prone to flooding.
Flood plain map for Kleymeyer Park, are which petitioners want the baseball and softball complex located. Light green and lime green shading indicates no flooding. Flood plain map for Kleymeyer Park, are which petitioners want the baseball and softball complex located. Light green and lime green shading indicates no flooding.

There's a new site on the radar for a new baseball and softball complex in Evansville. The Evansville Convention and Visitor's Bureau selected land near the Goebel Soccer Complex on North Green River Road.

But a new group is urging local officials to look at another location.

A petition started Monday by Adam Williams is gaining in popularity.

Williams said he wants the city to consider putting the complex at Kleymeyer Park which is at the corner of First and Diamond Avenues.

The petition focuses in on issues regarding flood plains in both areas.

The flood plain map of the area the CVB selected for the complex shows a blue shaded area which indicates flooding is known in the area.

The flood plain map for Kleymeyer Park shows a small portion along Pigeon Creek is prone to flooding. But the lime green and light green areas indicate no flooding.

Supporters of Kleymeyer Park say it's close to historic Bosse Field and add that they've talked with Evansville Otters owner Bill Busing. They say Busing is in support of the Kleymeyer location because tournament games can be played at Bosse Field, which in turns creates additional profit revenues for the team.

Williams the park property is already city-owned and wouldn't have to undergo re-zoning.

Williams says the complex location isn't set in stone and he's going to fight it.

"I believe it will help with the revitalization of the north side and it's located on two main thorough fares and its easily accessible from the Lloyd, Diamond Avenue, Highway 41, all the major in roads to Evansville," Williams said.

"And it's at the corner of Diamond and First Avenue, which diamond is a baseball diamond and First Avenue would be first base, it'd be the perfect place to put it," Williams added.

The proposal now goes to the Vanderburgh County Commissioners for a final decision. 

The Board of Zoning appeals must grant a special use permit. 

Williams says he needs 100 signatures to get the petition sent to CVB Director Bob Warren and Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.

To view and sign the petition, click here. 

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