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CenterPoint Energy Donates $1M to Creation of 'CenterPoint Energy Square'

Digital rendering of the new 'CenterPoint Energy Square'

Officials with CenterPoint Energy said Wednesday that a $1 million donation being made to the Evansville Parks Department would fund the creation of a new park.

Posted: May 12, 2021 11:22 AM
Updated: May 12, 2021 1:14 PM

On Wednesday, CenterPoint Energy President and CEO Dave Lesar alongside Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and others made a big announcement.

The company said Wednesday that it was making a $1 million donation to the City of Evansville Parks and Recreation Department.

"What I want to do today is announce a $1 million gift from CenterPoint to help get the CenterPoint Square off the ground," said Lesar. "It's gonna be named 'CenterPoint Energy Square' Park."

According to Downtown Evansville Development Corporation Executive Director Candace Chapman, the CenterPoint Energy Square will include swing, a stage for live music, yoga, a farmers market, and hopefully someday, an ice skating rink.

"This generous gift from CenterPoint isn't just a gift to the Evansville Parks Foundation, but it is a gift for everyone in our community," said Chapman.  "It's going to be a place that everyone wants to be all the time."

The new CenterPoint Energy Square Park will be on the unused land at the corner of NW 4th Street and Main Street in downtown Evansville.

Before work on the new CenterPoint Energy Square Park can begin, the two buildings surrounding the park will need to be demolished. That includes to 420 Main building and the  5th and Main development building.

Officials say they hope to have the new park up and running by 2023.

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