Roberts Stadium will soon only exist in our memories. Evansville Parks Board throws its support behind Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's recommendation to tear down the almost 60 year old stadium and build Roberts Park. But there were many in attendance at the Parks Board meeting who had one last time to voice their opposition to the city. Winnecke says he understands his idea isn't popular with everyone, but he says it's great for the city as a whole. Many residents feel the same. Winnecke says Roberts will live on, seats will be donated to Mesker Amphitheatre, bricks will go to UE and items inside will be salvaged and auctioned off. But for those opposed the outcome couldn't be more devastating to their memories, their potential ideas and the hope that this building would never fall. The city says there's still work to be done, now the Parks Board has to decide on who will tear down the facility and construct a physical plan for Roberts Park, including a memorial at the park for Roberts Stadium. The board meets to discuss these issues and a potential time line July 2nd.
After taking an hour of public comment on Wednesday afternoon, the Evansville Parks Board ultimately chose to side with Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, voting to tear down Roberts Stadium. The plan, moving forward, is to use the space as green space. Roberts Park will include a bike trail, walkways, and a pedestrian overpass. The project is expected to cost between 6 and 8 million dollars. We will have more on the Parks Board decision later on Eyewitness News.