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2005 Media Releases

May 5, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Stacey Ault, Parks and Recreation Dept., 441-3084

Repaired Cupid Fountain Unveiled In Antelope Park
Plans announced for Rose Garden and Sunken Gardens

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today unveiled the restored Cupid Fountain in the Antelope Rose Garden near 27th and “B” streets. The fountain was vandalized in 2003, leading to a fund-raising campaign for its repair. Waitress Sandy Smith sparked community support by donating her tips to help fund the repair. She donated almost $950 of the total donations of $1,150. Private donations accounted for about 44 percent of the repair costs.

“Sandy wanted her granddaughter to be able to enjoy the fountain and rose garden as much as she has,” said Mayor Seng. “That is an example of true community spirit – wanting to pass on to future generations the quality of life we enjoy in Lincoln.”

The Mayor also announced plans for two park areas:

  • A renovation is planned for the entire Antelope Rose Garden, which has been in Antelope Park since the mid-1990s. Prior to that, the display garden was in Woods Park for about 30 years. The vinyl edging around the plant beds is heaving and breaking due to exposure to the sun and the crushed stone walkways reflect heat onto the roses resulting in disease and insect problems.

    The Parks and Recreation Department staff proposes to plant a collection of hardy landscape roses in the strolling garden area east of the Rotary Gazebo. The existing rose garden will be renovated for display of recent All-American Rose Selections and classic Hybrid Tea Roses. The existing walkways and planting beds will be replaced with rectangular rose beds bordered by turf. Private funds will be sought for the project.

  • The preview of the renovated Sunken Gardens at 27th and Capitol Parkway will begin in July, and the re-dedication is set for August 21. About 100 trees and 1,000 shrubs are now being planted, and the annual flowers will be planted later this month.

    The project to repair and update the aging infrastructure is the first major renovation of the Sunken Gardens since the park was built in 1930. The renovation includes a new handicapped-accessible entrance, an entry pavilion, a restored cascading water feature, new sculptural elements, restrooms, maintenance storage, renovated lily pools, an automated irrigation system and lighting.

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