Dozens of little leaguers spent Tuesday night in the rain in front of Riverton City Hall instead of out playing baseball. The diamonds in Riverton City Park were taken away as part of a major renovation project.
“I was really sad and I felt like I was getting crushed down with the fields,” said ten year old little league player Brock Anderson.
A city statement released on July 8th reads,”It was necessary to continue demolition of the existing facilities as soon as possible following the conclusion of the 2013 Riverton Town Days events."
But Kalie Boska says the mayor said it wouldn’t be done until after a public meeting Tuesday night, not on July 5th when they were demolished.
“He lied to us he lied to hundreds of people that it wasn't going to be done until August or September,” said Boska.
But that same city statement reads,”Ample opportunity has been provided for public input regarding the park renovation. There were four City Council meetings held in 2011 where the renovation of the Main Park was discussed."
That didn’t stop hundreds from packing Tuesday night’s city council meeting almost begging the city council to reconsider. If a petition is signed by 4,000 residents, the issue will be taken up on a November ballot. For more than 1,700 players out of diamonds to play on, the solution is simple.
“That we actually get some diamonds inside the Riverton City Park,” said Anderson.
Tuesday’s meeting was an opportunity for public comment. We’re still waiting for word from the mayor or other city leaders on how Tuesday’s public input might change renovation plans.