DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton, as well as the NFL, has decided not to proceed with plans to construct a new turf field at Triangle Park.
The city has been looking into concerns about a potential Native American burial ground at the proposed site.
In the past week or so, a private company and the State Historic Preservation Office scanned the field with ground-penetrating radar.
“We reached this decision after careful consideration and consultation with the cultural heritage management firm that conducted non-invasive ground penetrating radar (GPR) testing of the site and recently issued a summary report of their findings,” city officials say in a release.
The final summary report has been shared with Native American stakeholders who have been consulted throughout the process.
The survey identified the presence of a unique and sizable anomaly in Triangle Park’s soil that suggests it predates the park and is potentially prehistoric.
“Given the possibility of Native American ancestral artifacts and remains at the site, we determined that it would not be appropriate to construct the field there and instead have engaged with the State Historic Preservation Office about next steps,” officials say.
2 NEWS reached out to the Cincinnati Bengals, who held their 6th round draft pick announcement from Triangle Park in March. They declined to comment on the situation.
The City of Dayton and NFL are working to find alternative ways to recognize and celebrate Dayton’s part as an “Original Town” during the NFL’s 100th season, including the donation of a new turf field at another location to be determined.