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Lincoln Parks & Recreation Newsletter, November 2010

This month's banner image features hayrack rides at Pioneers Park Nature Center. 

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Veteran's Garden 
Veterans Day Program

Join us in honoring our veterans on Thursday, November 11 at 11 a.m. inside Auld Pavilion in Antelope Park.  There will be a short
program including the colors of the flag presented by the University of Nebraska Joint Service Color Guard, welcome by Mayor Beutler, and keynote speaker Allen Beermann, Executive Director of Nebraska Press Association, Former Secretary of State and Retired Colonel, Judge Advocate General Corps.

A Howling Good Time at
Pioneers Park Nature Center

Over 500 hundred people had a howling good time during Pioneers Park Nature Center's week long celebration of Halloween.  From a full moon hike to pumpkin carving to hayrack rides through the prairie and campfire programs, there were activities for all interests.  Bat, Owl and Coyote entertained with fun, informative skits, songs and stories.  The Thursday hayracks and campfires were reserved for Lincoln Safari participants who found out about the exciting plans for Safari 2011. Though often breezy, the week was full of family fun.

pumpkin carving


On 10/10/10, people at 7347 events in 188 countries got to work on the climate crisis. It was the largest day of positive action on climate change ever. The movement, 10.10, coordinated thousands of events across the globe, from the large and iconic, to small practical actions, like the ones right here in Lincoln, Nebraska. Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Director, Marian Langan, staff and the local chapter of partnered with Lincoln Parks & Recreation to participate by helping to seed a "ribbon" of native prairie into Union Plaza between Q and R Streets.  The 45-minute event began at 1:30 p.m. and included about 100 participants of all ages, arriving mostly on bike as part of the event.  The "Big Ride" converged at the Dickenson Dinsmore Graf Amphitheater located in Union Plaza at 21st & P Streets followed by comments and the seeding itself.


Group seeding at Park & Rec's 10.10.10 event

Sneak-A-Peek at Hazel Abel Park

Sunday, October 31 provided the public with the first peek of Hazel Abel Park following recent renovations. The park has been closed for extensive improvements that included: the wrought iron fence, fountain, new playground, paver walkways, pavilion, light poles and plantings. More than 100 interested individuals, including costumed children and adults, participated in the Sneak-A-Peek event. The Parks & Recreation staff led activities and games for all ages and the Lincoln Parks Foundation sponsored the event and provided refreshments and pumpkins for attendees. Renovations were made possible by the Abel Family and Lincoln Cares. A formal dedication is planned for Spring of 2011, when the park is in full bloom.

Girls dressed up as angels playing at Hazel Abel park

"F" Street Community Center Hosted a Variety of Halloween Activities
F Street Halloween Carnival & Haunted House group picture
Haunted House volunteers came dressed for the Occasion. The majority were from UNL organizations.

On Sunday, October 24, "F" Street Community Center welcomed 382 people to th
eir annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted House.  More than 100 volunteers helped out, including the band, K-9 Suite, who provided music from 1:30-4:00.  The Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity donated hot dogs, buns and chips, as well as members to volunteer during the events.  Other volunteer groups were members from Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Sigma Pi, Innocents Society, CEHS Ambassadors, African Peoples Union and Delta Sigma Pi.  Individuals that volunteered included Lorena Hernandez, Jay and Corinne Jacox, Austen and Renae Jacox, Sabrina Roland, Tiffany Back and Sydney Mullins.

Track or Treaters
Two of the 200
at "F" Street Community Center, Oscar de la Cruz
and Sachi Bae.

On Sunday, October 31, 365 elementary youth and younger in costume, accompanied by a parent, participated in Track or Treat, where they could walk around the track at the "F" Street Community Center.  Over two hundred Track-or-Treaters received treats from several volunteer groups.  Sun Mart, Runza, La Ilucion, Little King, Caseys, Walgreens, Pan Dulce, Mid-towne Sertomas, Everett Neighborhood Association, APU, SIFE, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Sigma Pi, First Plymouth Singles, Pi Kappa Phi, UNL CEHS Ambassadors, Delta Sigma Pi  and the "F" Street Seniors donated treats and time to help make Track or Treat a huge success.


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Did you know...

There are over 4,500 bricks at Veterans Memorial Garden in Antelope Park
honoring those that have served our country.  You can also pay respect to a
veteran this holiday season by participating in the brick program.