|Lincoln Parks & Recreation Newsletter, July 2010|
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Second Year for Independence Day Activities at Oak Lake Park
this year, Parks & Recreation staff will be providing free family
activities at Oak
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 in place with schoolhouse in distance
Lots of Rain + Lots of Sun = Really Tall Grass
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
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.
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
Air Park Center Campers Celebrate Youth Fitness Month
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.