Mayor Winnecke gives State of City address

Mayor Winnecke gives State of City address

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke gave his 2021 State of the City address.

Last year, in Mayor Winnecke’s State of the City address, he described the city as resilient.

“Last year I reported that the state of our city was resilient. I believe that to be true today, but it is also so much more than resilient,” Mayor Winnecke said.

On Tuesday afternoon at the 2021 State of the City address, the Mayor said he still believes resilient to be true but much more personal now.

“We’ve all had different experiences. Our lives have all been shaped,” shared Mayor Winnecke. “We have things in common, but things have touched us whether it’s tragedy or the ways we live our lives differently.”

But tragedy wasn’t the main focus. In fact, the Mayor presented numerous positives in the weeks and months to come. So what’s ahead?

Officials say the Sunrise Pump Station on Veterans Memorial Parkway will allow public access to enjoy the skyline of the city and there’s more.

“So we’ve kept the Deaconess Aquatic Center going, we’ve kept the Wayne and Beth Kenny Penguins of Patagonia Exhibit going. So when construction is complete, we can go enjoy them. So as a result, construction goes well, we’ll be at the aquatic center August 1, and we’ll be able to feed the penguins in September. I think that’s pretty cool,” Mayor Winnecke explained.

Officials with Mesker Park Zoo say they’re excited for the new addition and can’t wait to let the community enjoy it.

“We’re all super duper excited and every single day we see more progress on the exhibit, and we know we’re inching ever closer to that grand opening date so lots of plans and things are starting to fall into place. What was once a dream was is so close to reality,” Danny Schembree, with the Mesker Park Zoo shared.

You can watch the whole State of the City address, below.

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