Lincoln Parks & Recreation FUNdamental FOCUS Newsletter June 2010
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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 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.

Special Events:
  • 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" Street Community 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
CROPS Community GardenAmeriCorps 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 new 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 announced a $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
Union Plaza

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 and the 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 Garden 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!

Thank you for your continued support of what we do.


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So far this year, volunteers have committed over 12,250 hours to Parks & Recreation projects and facilities - which is over a $200,000 savings to the Department's budget.  For more information on one-time and ongoing opportunities, visit the
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