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Lincoln Parks & Recreation Newsletter
April 2010


Welcome to the Parks & Recreation newsletter.  We hope that this becomes a monthly highlight in your inbox. 

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Benefit for Lincoln's Public Gardens April 9-11

Strolling Garden PhotoThe public is invited to help support Lincoln Parks and Recreation's practice of bringing unique gardens to the parks system by attending a reception at Finke Gardens, 500 North 66th St. on Friday April 9th from 5 - 7 p.m., with remarks by Lynn Johnson, Parks andRecreation Director, at 5:30.  In the tradition of other Lincoln Garden Gems like Sunken Gardens and the Hamann Rose Garden, Lincoln's newest garden - the Rotary Strolling Garden - includes over 50 rose varieties and more than 150 hardy perennials and ornamental grasses. 

The benefit is hosted by Finke Gardens to celebrate their 15th anniversary as a nursery and retailer and the Lincoln Parks Foundation as on going support of Lincoln's beautiful public gardens.  The reception is open to the public.  During the weekend of April 10 and 11, 15 % of Finke Gardens' retail sales will be donated to the Lincoln Parks Foundation.  (Exclusion on labor, landscape installation projects, sale items, and gift certificates). 

Week of the Young Child:
April 11-17

Week of the Young Child Banner & Schedule of Events
Since 1971 the Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association.  Recognizing that the early childhood years lay the foundation for children's success, this special week was established to better meet the needs of all families and caregivers with children 8 years of age and younger.
Locally, the Week of the Young Child is promoted by a number of organizations committed to early childhood education. Events during the week of April 11-17 will follow the theme "Early Years are Learning Years."  A kick-off event will be held Saturday, April 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lincoln Children's Museum.
For more information on the week's events, click here. Lincoln Parks and Recreation is sponsoring events at these locations:
  • Ager Indoor Play Center
  • Air Park Recreation Center
  • Belmont Recreation Center
  • Calvert Recreation Center
  • Easterday Recreation Center
  • F Street Recreation Center
  • Irving Recreation Center
  • Pioneers Park Nature Center
Pioneers Park Nature Center - Nature's Market
'Rain Dance Cranes' by Rachael Wells
Artistic Rain Barrel

It's spring and time for Nature's Market at Pioneers Park Nature Center!  Join us on April 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a grand celebration of the season. 
Have you seen the artistic rain barrels on display around the city?  From whimsical to gorgeous, there just may be one that you'd really love to have.  Come out and see them all at the Nature Center beginning on April 10.  Choose your favorite and be part of the fun - they will be auctioned at Nature's Market beginning at 9:30.
Stroll Nature Center trails and visit exhibitors and vendors displaying items from chainsaw art to lavender wreaths, nature photos to live plants. Browse unique silent auction items such as a variety of gift baskets or elk antlers.  Grab a tasty treat from Great Harvest Bread, Lincoln Espresso or Russ's grill.  Help your children with a variety of crafts: create nature journals or seed balls that can be planted, paper pots and fairy wands.  Enjoy the performances of PANgea  and PANgea Prep steel drums bands at 11:30.  There's lots to do at Nature Market, so join us!
Sponsored by the Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center and City of Lincoln Watershed Management, all proceeds will fund scholarships to Nature Center camps, preschool and other programs.
A Friends garage sale will be held April 30 - May 2 at 3400 S. 31st Street.
Summer Events at Ager Golf Course

This summer's events at Ager Golf Course offer Juniors plenty of golfing opportunities.

  • Junior/Senior Scramble
  • Cornhusker State Games
  • Sticks for Kids introducing the game of golf to youth who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to learn and play the sport.
  • Eight-week junior golf leagues for ages 7-14.  Season ends with a pizza party and awards
  • Junior Best Ball Championship
  • Beat the Pro Day
  • Girl's City Championship
  • The Youth Adult Tourney (our favorite!)
  • Jim Ager Championship
  • Junior League Party
  • Boy's City Championship
  • 2nd Annual Jim Ager Golf Marathon, a fundraiser for the course with donations going towards a new, cost saving irrigation system.
There are also severaKids golfing at Ager Golf Coursel tournaments throughout the summer.

The Jim Ager Memorial is Lincoln's golf course for golfers of all ages, no matter whether you're seven or 70. Our 9-hole par 3 course is the perfect place to learn the game and prepare to graduate on to the area's 18-hole golf courses. We stress the importance of etiquette, safety, and the rules of golf and teach our players that golf is a game of honor and respect and that these values should be followed in other areas of their lives.

The Ager is also a great place for anyone who needs to practice their short game or doesn't have time to spend four or more hours on the big courses. Best of all, it's also the perfect place to spend an hour or two with your family. The Jim Ager Memorial Golf Course is located at 3761 Normal Blvd and can be reached us at 402-441-8963.

Website Updates
As you may have heard, there are many exciting things happening at Lincoln Parks & Recreation with regard to staying connected with our participants and supporters.  Last year, we updated our website to improve communication with people important to us and to allow them to receive the latest information on programs, activities and events for youth, adults and families in Lincoln.  From the home page,, you can:
Lincoln Parks & Recreation Facebook Fan Page Link   Lincoln Parks & Recreation Twitter Link   Lincoln Parks & Recreation RSS Feed
Thank you for your continued support of what we do.


Lynn Johnson, Director
Lincoln Parks & Recreation

Did you know...

Each state was issued a replica of the Liberty Bell. 

Nebraska's bell is located in Antelope Park, south of Auld Pavilion.