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Lincoln Parks & Recreation Newsletter, July 2010

Welcome to the Parks & Recreation newsletter. We hope this becomes a monthly highlight in your inbox. This month's banner image is of last year's fireworks display at Oak Lake, courtesy of one of our fabulous twitter followers, Kiley Ward (@beatboxbadhabit).

Please, feel free to contact us at 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.

Second Year for Independence Day Activities at Oak Lake Park

Again this year, Parks & Recreation staff will be providing free family activities at Oak Lake Park at the Uncle Sam Jam on July 4.   Be sure to visit the main lake area between 1 and 8 p.m. to try your hand at disc golf, archery, casting, a rock climbing challenge course and even canoeing!  There will also be old fashioned three-legged and gunny sack races, water balloon toss and Bingo.  After that, get settled in for a fantastic fireworks display beginning at 10 p.m. Pack a picnic dinner or choose from one of the many food vendors.  Enjoy the show!

Hudson Cabin Moved to Pioneers Park Nature Center

The Hudson Cabin, part of the Heritage Village at the former State Fair Park, was moved to Pioneers Park Nature Center on June 22nd.

The Hudson Cabin was built in 1863 south of the village of Lancaster, which was renamed Lincoln.  At the time, the cabin was noted as being the "largest and grandest house, and the only shingled roof, upon the whole site of [Lancaster] out on Salt Creek."

Moving services for the Hudson Cabin were donated by Williams Midwest Housemovers of Hastings, Nebraska. Embury Construction donated the foundation and will replace the roof.

Heritage School, the District 113 Cunningham School built during the depression, was moved to the Nature Center in November. All 4th grade LPS students spend a day in the school.

Both the Hudson Cabin and Heritage School will be open on special occasions, for programming and upon request.  The dedication of both facilities will take place this fall.

Hudson Cabin entering Pioneers Park Nature Center
Hudson Cabin entering Pioneers Park Nature Center
Hudson Cabin in place with schoolhouse in distance

Hudson Cabin in place with schoolhouse in distance

Lots of Rain + Lots of Sun = Really Tall Grass

Due to the incredible amount of rain we've recently seen, our Parks Operations staff are playing catch up!  Right now, we're about five to seven days behind our usual 14 day mowing rotation.  Just a reminder to please use caution around shorelines of park lakes and streams as high water may have caused unstable footing.  We appreciate your patience!

Midtown Area Plans for New Park

The Planning and Construction Department is preparing for the new Witherbee Park, located just southwest of 46th & "O" Streets.  Improvements to the park this summer include a climbing boulder play piece surrounded by colorful rubber matting tiles, site furnishings (benches and trash receptacle), fencing and additional plantings of clusters of evergreen trees and ornamental grasses.  Berms will be added to the site to soften the playground and seating area from nearby traffic transforming the Midtown open space into a useable neighborhood playground and park.
The park is being funded in part by the Lincoln Cares Program.  The Witherbee Neighborhood Association has also taken an active role in the planning, maintenance and fundraising efforts for the park, including an anonymous donation offering to match up to $1,500 to any donations given towards development of the park.

Click for a view of the master plan
Witherbee Park

Air Park Center Campers Celebrate Youth Fitness Month

camp titansIn honor of Youth Fitness Month, Camp Titan Day Campers ran over 20,000 laps equating to more than 3,300 miles in June. 

The credo of Camp Titan Summer Day Camp is "Stronger Mentally, Stronger Physically, Strong of Character" is emphasized daily.  "Fitness is a key part of what we do," said Air Park Neighborhood Center Director Doug Kasparek. "Swimming, athletics, playing, education, stretching, running laps - you name it - are all a part of the Camp Titan schedule." Campers will continue to run throughout the summer in an effort to beat the record of 50,078 laps set by Camp Titans in 2009.
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