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Now accepting  shelter reservations  for 2011

Rotary Strolling Garden tour
May 19, 6:30-7:30p  

Nature's Market
April 16, 9a-2p


Ager Golf Course is now open! Junior leagues starting soon


Team Sports

We've moved!

Now at 2100 M St.

402-441-7892 if you need help finding us!

School's Out


Day Camp Registration
Openings Still Available! 



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Lincoln Parks & Recreation Newsletter, April 2011 

It's that time of year - perfect for puddle jumping!  This April, we encourage you to shake the dust off and get reacquainted with the outdoors at one of our many parks!

Please, feel free to contact us at parks@lincoln.ne.gov 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.

Softball 2011

Back to 2 seasons - Spring/Summer & Fall

Registration for the Spring/Summer season is on going until April 8th or until the divisions are full. Stop by and register your Men's, Women's, Co-ed, Adult Church or Youth Church team today.


Athletics Office is located at 2100 "M" Street - north of the Lewis Ball Fields or just southeast of the Distribution Center of the City Mission (21st & N).


For more information and directions on how to get to the office, please call 402-441-7892 or visit our website


Leagues will play Sundays thru Fridays with games at the following fields - Densmore, Sawyer-Snell, ELKS, Lewis, Holmes, Mahoney, Ballard, & Cooper.


Games on Sundays are in the afternoon and evening - 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, & 4pm, 515pm, 615pm, 715pm, & 815pm.

Games on Monday thru Friday are in the evening - 615pm, 715pm, 815pm & 915pm.


For more information on all softball matters - call 402-441-7892 or email tborucki@lincoln.ne.gov

Team Building
News from the Nature Center

What a Jump Into Spring!  Nature Explorers Campers had a great week as they created a habitat in a terrarium, waded into the creek to dip for the first aquatic critters of the season and test water quality, recorded their own biodiversity survey, dissected owl pellets, worked on a service project, and had fantastic field trips to the landfill and Homestead National Monument.   


Exciting experiences for ages 3 to 17 are planned for this summer during seven weeks of Wilderness Nature Camp and five sessions of Camp Discovery.


Don't miss Nature's Market Saturday, April 16!  This family friendly event encourages everyone to get outdoors and rediscover Spring!  Festivities begin at 9a and wrap up at 2p.  New this year is the Nature Experiences silent auction - a slumber party in the log cabin, nature photography lessons, a tea party in the one room school house and several others are up for grabs.  Admission is free, and all proceeds benefit the scholarship program at the Nature Center.  

And the theme for Sunken Gardens this year is...





Somewhere Over the Rainbow.  Here's a note from Horticulturist Steve Nosal on this year's theme:


This theme came to us after witnessing several [rainbows] over the last few years. We first noticed a double rainbow arched and ending in the newly rebuilt Sunken Gardens in 2005. The appearance of these rainbows seemed to be perfectly timed after a spring rain that started just after we had finished installing the entire Garden. Every year thereafter, a double rainbow has presented itself to us at coincidental times; on a long drive home over the purple hue prairie and somewhere over the shores of blue Hawaii! It seemed they were an omen.   So, this year we chose colors of purples, cranberry, whites, and primrose yellow with glints of bright oranges and reds to create arched rainbows - yellow brick roads and avant-garde rainbow patterns of color flowing down the ledges.


If you'd like to help plant this year's annuals, sign up for the Wake Up the Beds event May 14.  Call 402-441-7035 or email forestry@lincoln.ne.gov

Tree for Arbor DayAnnual Arbor Day Celebration
Lincoln Parks & Recreation is partnering with Lincoln Public Schools and the Lincoln Electric System for Arbor Day 2011.  This year's celebration will be Thursday, April 28 at 10a.m. at Rousseau Elementary School, 3701 South 33rd Street.  A short program will include comments by local dignitaries and the students.

This year's tree planting sites are Bishop Heights Park, Rousseau School and the Rock Island Trail.

Please join us for this wonderful community event!

Sherman Field Campaign Kicks OffCampaign Kickoff
Gathering at the news conference to announce the Sherman Field Forever Campaign and the naming of the park around Sherman Field on March 31 was (from left): Mayor Chris Beutler, Harlan Chamberlain (Joba Chamberlain's father), Lancaster County Commissioner Brent Smoyer, John Sampson, Lincoln Parks Foundation President Liz Lange and Lincoln Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson.

The Mayor announced the field will be named for Morris "Sam" and Evelyn Sampson who founded Sampson Construction Company in Lincoln in 1952.  The naming recognizes a significant contribution from their son, John Sampson, President of Sampson Construction. Headquartered in Lincoln, the company employs about 300 workers and is donating about $445,000 in labor and materials for renovation work at Sherman Field. The campaign is offering inscribed ball tiles, bats and brick pavers to help fund the project. Find out more by visiting: www.ShermanField.org


Thank you for your continued support of what we do.


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