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Dayton postpones turf field construction out of respect for Native American community

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton is postponing a turf field groundbreaking ceremony originally planned during Saturday’s NFL Draft Day party until officials can be sure construction will not disrupt any of the park’s Native American historical value.

Triangle Park has existed for over 100 years. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) confirmed with city officials that there are two known sites in the park where mounds once existed and remains were recovered.

“Out of an abundance of caution and respect for a concern raised this week, the City of Dayton is gathering more information before commencing construction,” officials say in a statement.

SHPO has said that these two sites are not located in the vicinity of the proposed field and are, in fact, a “considerable” distance away.

The City plans to consult with local archeological resources and members of the Native American community to “ensure an inclusion process that is respectful and consistent with construction best practices.”

It is unclear at this time how long construction will be postponed.

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