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Lincoln Parks & Recreation Newsletter, August 2010

Welcome to the Parks & Recreation newsletter. We hope this becomes a monthly highlight in your inbox. This month's banner image is of the Heritage School which was recently relocated from State Fair Park to the Pioneers Park Nature Center.

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.

Learning to Grow

Children attending the F Street Community Center while school is out had one more reason to stay through the summer - to reap what they sowed.  Parks and Recreation AmeriCorps member Amber Davis helped the kids plant seeds this spring in raised outdoor beds at recreation centers around Lincoln and provided guidance as they watered, weeded and harvested.  The vegetables produced are shared with the youth, their families and now sold to the public at Saint Paul United Church of Christ at 13th & F Streets every Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Joey Morgan (left) and Ezekeo Daniels participate in the Farmer's Market at St. Paul UCC
Joey Morgan & Ezekeo Daniels participate @ Farmer's Market at St. Paul UCC

Preschools Focus on Creativity, Nature and Language

The preschool experience should be one that prepares children for a variety of social and academic situations as they get ready to begin kindergarten.  At Calvert Recreation Center's Creative Link program, the spotlight is on music and art as well as other early childhood themes with the goals of increased social skills and creativity.
The Pioneers Park Nature Center is a perfect place for young children to learn colors, counting, shapes, sizes, and spatial awareness through nature exploration. The caring staff of the Preschool and Pre-K programs has a strong commitment to both the environment and to active learning. Children's individual strengths and talents are nurtured through a wide variety of daily activities.
Dual Language Preschool at Irving Recreation Center offers developmentally-appropriate activities for children that allow them to grow by incorporating new experiences into their daily routine. The thematic content supports language development in both English and Spanish and allows preschoolers of all language backgrounds to have fun while playing and learning kindergarten readiness skills. 
Preschool and pre-kindergarten programs have morning and afternoon hours available for the 2010-2011 school year.  Please contact each location to register or for more information.
It's been a busy summer at the Nature Center

Almost 70 three to six year olds attended Camp Discovery
Zephaniah trying on elk antlers
Zephaniah with antlers
where they saw a rose-breasted grosbeak up close during bird banding, spotted FIVE tree frogs at the same time, observed the differences between damselflies and dragonflies, met some of Nebraska's native trees or compared the different snakes we have at the Nature Center.
Two hundred Wilderness Nature Campers built forts in magic spots, went creeking, played nature games, expanded their creative skills, and dreamed up hilarious skits about their experiences to share with their parents, all with the help of dedicated staff and enthusiastic junior counselors.
Many children dropped in for Animal Antics on Wednesdays where they had a chance to lift an elk antler, see a merlin up close or try to catch a frog.
Sixty adults shared a glorious July day learning about herbs and tasting treats made with them during our Herbal Festival. 

Now the Nature Center is gearing up for fall when 4th grade students will come for a day at Heritage School or a Prairie Immersion Experience and other students will explore the changing seasons, life cycles or animals and their habitats.  Nature Preschool and Pre-K classes will begin again.  The hayrack will be hitched to the tractor for another season of nature-related rides, and Howling Halloween activities will make their debut.
Phares Park

Early fall should see the beginning of construction and development of Phares Park located in Southeast Lincoln.   This 6.5 acre neighborhood park will feature a new playground, open lawn area for informal games and activities, a single play court with a basketball goal , a picnic shelter, seating, walking paths and new landscaping.

Unique to Phares Park, will be the Activo Nova playground system featured in a modern, non-linear design selected by the neighborhood association after a series of public meetings.   It encourages children to move in every direction as Activo's sleek shapes and challenges push them to the limits of creative play. Kids will be inspired to make up new routes each time allowing for an ever-changing experience. In addition it encourages social interaction, risk taking, and problem solving by providing more action in less space than traditional playgrounds.

Click for a view of the master plan
Phares Park Plan

Important Dates from the Team Sports Division
  • Fall adult softball registration going on now through August 9; Eight-week season begins August 15
  • Adult volleyball registration going on now through August 25; Season starts early September
  • Girls basketball registration begins Monday, August 9 through August 31; play begins September 25
  • NFL Flag Football registration has closed but player registrations are still being taken and put on a waiting list; Season begins early September.
For more information or to register for any of these fall activities, please contact the Team Sports office at 441-7892.

Thank you for your continued support of what we do.


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