Just off the Lloyd Expressway there is a field that is causing a controversy.
"You drive past it, it's butt ugly, let's do something with it," said City Councilman At Large Jonathan Weaver.
Earlier in the year plans were made to spend $1.5 million to lay the foundation for Roberts Park , but those plans are in jeopardy if the city council takes that money out of next year's budget. "Seems like some people in this group like big ugly lots," said Weaver.
But some people don't mind how the field looks. "It is like a green space. I'd rather see that than a car lot there." Sylvia Niemeier says the city has struggled with deciding what to do since Roberts Stadium was torn down. "It's always kind of gone back and forth." Niemeier has lived across the street from Wesselman Park for many years. "Wesselman Park is a unique wildlife area. No other city has it and it would be a real shame if Evansville messes it up." She says when it comes to plans for Roberts park, Evansville needs to keep it simple. "If you put in trees and bushes that's pretty simple and some picnic tables that's pretty simple. People and animals could use both."
Some say the $1.5 million used to start building Roberts Park would be better served by maintaining the parks already in existence, but councilman Weaver says the city can handle another park. "Let's sit down, work out our differences, and move the city forward."
If the city balks at Roberts Park it could remain a grassy field for at least another year.
The city council meets tomorrow night at 5:30.
They have until November 1st to pass the budget.