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April 27, 2007
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Lynn Johnson, Parks and Recreation, 441-8265
J.J. Yost, Parks and Recreation, 441-8255

Open house on plans set for May 8

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today unveiled a new unique water playground that will be proposed as part of a new master plan for Trago Park near 22nd and “U” streets. Beginning in June, construction of the new Antelope Creek flood channel will be extended into the park south of Vine Street. The expanded park will include that channel and a new trail parallel to it along with a water playground and additional park improvements.

“The Antelope Valley Project gives us a great opportunity to improve this historic park in central Lincoln,” said Mayor Seng. “Councilwoman Annette McRoy’s leadership in developing this project was invaluable, and I want to thank her for advancing this project. Councilwoman McRoy was a strong advocate for her district on this project, and it could not have come together as it did without her participation. I also want to thank the steering committee that developed the plans. The surrounding neighborhoods are very excited about the new water and playground activities featured in the master plan.”

City Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said the plans include a new concept for water recreation in Lincoln. An interactive sprayground water feature will be developed in conjunction with a relocated playground east of the park shelter. The sprayground features will be activated by a sensor and open to the community free of charge. Other improvements include renovation of the basketball courts, a new play field, areas for public art and information on the history of the Malone neighborhood, expanded parking and additional landscaping.

The community is invited to review the plans at an open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the shelter at Trago Park. The proposed master plan also is available on the City Web site at (keyword: parks).

The committee formed last September to develop the master plan included representatives of the Malone and Hawley neighborhoods, the Malone Community Center, the Vietnamese Community Organization, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, the Lower Platte South NRD and the City Parks and Recreation and Urban Development departments.

The plan has been reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Joint Antelope Valley Authority (JAVA) Citizens Committee and the JAVA Board.

The first phase of the playground relocation is scheduled to begin this summer, and the sprayground and playground are expected to be completed by summer 2008. The estimated cost of the project is $625,000, with $500,000 coming from the parks capital improvement fund. The remaining $125,000 would be raised through private contributions.

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