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Lincoln Parks & Recreation Newsletter, May 2010

Welcome to the Parks & Recreation newsletter. We hope this becomes a monthly highlight in your inbox. This month's banner image displays the 3,000 annual tulip bulbs planted at Sunken Gardens.

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Parks & Recreation Celebrated Earth Week!

City Forester Steve Schwab featured with Boy Scout Troop 61
Boy scout tree planting
This year marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  As the popularity of the day has grown, we now extend a one-day celebration to a whole week!  Parks and Recreation is a huge supporter of activities and events that raise awareness about our environment and get people into action.  Some of the events included:
  • Boy Scouts planted eight oak trees along the Rock Island Trail. The tree planting was organized by Scout Leader, Dan King, and The Nebraska Trails Foundation representative, Lyle Vannier. The Nebraska Trails Foundation paid for the trees and the Scouts provided the labor.
  • Annual Arbor Day ceremony and tree planting ceremony was held April 22 at Arnold Elementary School;
  • During an Arbor Day ceremony at Pioneers Park Nature Center, employees from First Tier Bank planted one of the 51 trees the bank donated to the Center.
  • Additional tree planting ceremonies were held at McPhee Elementary School and McPhee Community Learning Center.
  • Pioneers Park Nature Center also hosted green building tours as well as led discussions on "Grow Your Own", Go Green Clean and Think Recycling;
  • A celebration of the 40th Earth Day took place at Antelope Park on April 24.  A 5k fun run kicked off the day on the MoPac Trail.
Parks & Recreation Receives Grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust
Lincoln Parks and Recreation will receive $171,060 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the "Greening of Antelope Valley Park System Project". The project is one of the 88 projects receiving $14,970,328 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year.

The overall project objective is to feature a variety of green techniques in the Antelope Valley park system to reduce long-term operational costs, lower energy consumption, and improve storm water management while educating the public about these techniques and how they can use them in a residential setting.  The primary greening activities will include: 
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of using Silva Cells when planting street trees in Union Plaza;
  • Install pervious pavers in conjunction with street trees and Silva Cells;
  • Install green roof on Active Living Center;
  • Install photovoltaic cells and support structure, and wind turbines; and,
  • Provide education to the public about the above green applications through signage.
The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $157 million in grants to 1,231 projects across the state. Anyone - citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses - can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.
Lincoln has been named a "Tree City USA" for the 33rd consecutive year

To qualify for the Tree City USA designation, a community must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. They include having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per City resident, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

City Forester Steve Schwab said Lincoln was again the only community in the U.S. to achieve all five Tree City USA designations. The other four:
  • The City has earned the Tree City USA Growth Award for the 19th consecutive year.
  • Communities earning the growth award for ten years receive the Sterling Tree City USA designation, which Lincoln and 26 other communities initially received in 2000.
  • The Lincoln Electric System has been a Tree Line USA utility for five consecutive years by meeting award standards related to proper tree maintenance, utility line clearance, energy conservation and community tree planting and public education.
  • For the past two years, both UNL and Nebraska Wesleyan have earned the Tree Campus USA Award for their promotion of healthy trees and student involvement.
Thanks for your support!

Supporters of Public Gardens listen to comments provided by Lynn Johnson and Luann Finke.
Finke's Fundraising
Thank you to everyone that supported Lincoln's public gardens by attending the 15th Anniversary Open House at Finke Gardens and Nursery. Over $1,250 was generously donated by Rich and Luann Finke from the sales during the weekend of April 9-11 to the Lincoln Parks Foundation for the endowment of the Rotary Strolling Garden at Antelope Park.

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Did you know...

American Legion Park at 27th & Randolph came into existence in the 1920's
with the help of Lincoln Post #3.  At its peak in 1946, that post had 9,287
members and was recognized as the largest in the world for many years.