Mayor Lloyd Winnecke announced today his proposed future plans for the current site of the now closed Roberts Stadium. After many months of research and public input, Mayor Winnecke has decided to re-purpose most of the 37 acres the building now sits on.
The multi-phase plan will extend over three years and enhance the green space and recreational opportunities for the city. The Mayor emphasized how, “we have inherited a unique opportunity” with this situation. The overall goal to Energize Evansville falls into place with the proposed Roberts Park. Ultimately, the new site will offer “something for everyone,” as the Mayor stated. This involves enough green space for fitness areas, a dog park, a lake, picnic areas, and numerous walking/bike trails.
Preliminary estimates indicate that this project can be completed for approximately $6 million to $8 million. Other recommendations for a sports facility were projected around $25 million and did not make financial sense for the city at this time.
“While Roberts Stadium inself is the product of many wonderful memories, I believe it is time to now recognize as a community that we must embrace a new vision for this property that will create new and exciting memories for generations to come,” stated Mayor Winnecke. He added: “Without question, this was a difficult, but necessary decision.”
The city wants to honor the memories created and shared by Evansville residents through a series of ideas. One way to conserve the heritage is to replace current Mesker Park Amphitheatre seats with those from Roberts Stadium. A commemorative piece of public art depicting the stadium is also factored into the plan. Mayor Winnecke hopes this recommendation will further discussion within the community and engage “constructive civic dialogue.”
Click this link to read Mayor Winnecke's full remarks to the Parks Board. Roberts Stadium Recommendations by Mayor Lloyd Winnecke