|Lincoln Parks & Recreation Newsletter, June 2010|
Welcome to the Parks & Recreation newsletter. We hope this
becomes a monthly highlight in your inbox. This month's banner image displays
Trago Park's sprayground, near 22nd and "U" streets, open now through
Labor Day, 11a-7p daily free of charge.
Please, feel free to contact us at email@example.com
with your comments and suggestions. If you know of someone interested in this
information, please spread the word by using the link at the bottom to forward
this newsletter. Past newsletters can be found on the News & Publications
section of our website.
Pools Open for 2010 Season
It's time to take a dip - Lincoln's public pools open this weekend!
Please check our pools page
for hours, fees and regulations as well as information on swim lessons, swim
and dive team, season passes and pool rentals.
Friday Night Swims at Woods Pool, every Friday
this summer from 6-8p (excluding July 30 and August 6); $5/family
Night Splash for Middle Schoolers: June 17,
July 15, August 12
Dog Splash: August 15, 6:30-8:30p at Star City
Shores; Tickets are $10/dog
AmeriCorps Members Making Big Impact at Parks & Recreation
The AmeriCorps program is an opportunity to make a big difference in members' lives and in
the lives of those around them. It
offers the chance for adults of any background to apply skills and ideals
toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.
One of the ways Lincoln's AmeriCorps members are meeting those needs is by engaging children in positive
activities, like leading several one-week camps for youth scheduled for this
summer at the "F"
Center. Camps are for kids in grades 1 through 9 and feature a variety of sports
and other activities. The fee for most
camps is $25 and includes a healthy USDA breakfast at 9 a.m., and continues
with development and practice of skills, strategy and the company of others
until noon. A complete
list of camps and other summer activities can be found at parks.lincoln.ne.gov/programs.
members are also reaching out to Lincoln
residents by participating in the Community CROPS program which is engaged in a variety of projects related to the production and
promotion of healthy, local food. Members are also hoping to add some
community garden sites in a number of Lincoln's parks.
City of Lincoln Awarded Liberty Tree Memorial
The City of Lincoln
is the recent recipient of a Liberty Tree Memorial and has been designated one
of the country's Liberty Tree Memorial sites. Lincoln received a ceremonial 14 ft. - 19 ft.
tall disease-resistant American Liberty Elm and commemorative bronze Liberty
Tree plaque that tells the story of our country's freedom and history of the
first Liberty Elm tree. The gift is made possible by a grant through Elm Research Institute. The Liberty Tree dedication ceremony is being planned for
installation in Antelope
Park June 8 at 4:30 p.m.
The public is invited to attend.
To qualify for the Liberty Tree Memorial project, a
community must agree to establish the Liberty Tree Memorial in a prominent
location and hold a public event at which time a symbolic planting of a Liberty
Elm is done. A dedication and proclamation are also done. A continued
commitment to maintain the Liberty Tree Memorial must also be demonstrated.
Union Plaza Project Receives $600,000 Gift
Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Parks Foundation
$600,000 gift to Union
Plaza from the Lincoln Community Foundation
on behalf of the Sheila
Dickinson Dinsmore Graf and Burket Graf Fund. The funds will be used to build
the park's outdoor amphitheater and surrounding trails. Union Plaza
Lincoln's newest park, is in a three-block area
in the heart of Lincoln
between 21st and 22nd streets from "O" to "R" streets.
Phase one of the project is now complete, and the entire project is expected to
open to the public in the fall of 2011. The amphitheater will host musical and
cultural performances and community celebrations.
Members of the Lincoln Community Foundation present
the check for Union Plaza's amphitheater
Recreation Center, Community Learning Center Partner to Gather Neighbors
Belmont Community Learning
Center in partnership with Belmont Recreation
Center and other community partners
work together to make the Belmont
neighborhood a desirable place for families to live. For the past two summer neighbors have
connected through Belmont Blues. Belmont
Blues is a free monthly event in June, July and August where Belmont
neighbors are invited to Belmont
Park to connect with
other neighbors while enjoying live music, swimming, and food.
On June 16th Belmont residents will be able to
dance and swing to the Latin sounds of the Dali String Quartet
amazing percussionist, Orlando Cotto
playing a program of Latin American music that blends both classical and
popular music from south. The June
performers are part of the annual Meadowlark Music Festival
Belmont Blues is from 6-8 p.m. on June 16th, July
21st and August 11th at Belmont
Park between the Recreation Center
and the Swimming Pool. Contact Melissa at 436-1124 for more information.
Mark Your Calendars!
Strolling Rose Garden Tour
Thursday, June 10 6:30 pm
27th & Capitol Parkway
We'll focus on the beautiful roses and their companion perennials.
Join us for an evening of fragrance and flowers!