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Roberts Stadium demolition proceeding on schedule

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— The demolition of Roberts Stadium remains on target for completion by spring, Parks Director Denise Johnson told the Evansville Board of Park Commissioners Wednesday.

Klenck Co. is the lead contractor for the project. The Evansville company’s contract is for $730,450. Johnson said a webcam that will allow residents to follow the demolition’s progress still has not been installed, but it will be in a few days.

Thus far 600 tons of materials have been recycled on the site and will be crushed and used for fill. Johnson said J.H. Rudolph Co., another local company, will be at the site later this month to begin collecting asphalt surrounding the building.

Roberts was used for sports, entertainment and exposition shows in Evansville from 1956 to 2011.

In other business Wednesday, the Board of Park Commissioners voted 5-0 to waive a $10 fee charged to non-Vanderburgh County residents taking part in the city’s adult sports programs.

The Department of Parks and Recreation offers softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball and flag football for adults.

City Sports Director Chris Rehn, who made the request, told the parks board he’s hopeful that eliminating the out-of-county fee will help grow participation in the city’s programs.

Nationally, the numbers in adult recreational sports leagues have been declining, and Evansville mirrors that trend, Rehn said.

The city also has shortened the length of some of its sports seasons in an effort to get more people participating.

“Anything and everything that gets people to come out is what we in the sports business are doing,” Rehn said.

In a separate 5-0 decision, the parks board OK’d an increase in the payment schedule for officials and scorekeepers in the adult sports leagues.

“These are minimal increases that get us closer to what’s fair,” Rehn said.

For softball umpires, the rate will go from $19 to $20 per game; for basketball referees, it goes from $20 to $22 per game; for volleyball referees, it goes from $13 to $15 per match.

Pay for all scorekeepers will be raised from their current rates to $8 per game or match.

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