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August 21, 2008
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Stacey Roach, Parks and Recreation, 441-3084
J.J. Yost, Parks and Recreation, 441-8255

Presentation on Malone Neighborhood history set for August 28

Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that Trago Park at 22nd and “U” streets will reopen to the public Friday, August 22. The Mayor will turn on the new sprayground feature for the first time at a ceremony at 4 p.m. tomorrow. This site also features a new playground and plaza area, updated site furnishings and irrigation.

The free sprayground will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for the rest of August and September as weather allows. It also will be open Labor Day, September 1. A grand opening for the park is planned for next spring.

“The sprayground is unlike anything else in the City, and we are anxious to have families in the surrounding neighborhoods enjoy it,” Mayor Beutler said. “This will be a great complement to Union Plaza, which is under construction to the south of Trago Park.”

The project began in 2006, when a committee met to develop a master plan for the park. Changes were necessary because of the Antelope Valley Project construction and channel alignment on the west side of the park. Park construction began earlier this year, and work on other improvements continues. Union Plaza is expected to be completed in 2010. Master planning efforts for the Antelope Valley art wall also began earlier this year.

The Trago Park master plan committee also recommended that the history of the Malone community be preserved. Dr. Tekla Ali Johnson, a Lincoln native and assistant professor of history at Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina, was hired to research the area. She will present her findings to the public at 7 p.m. August 28 at the Malone Center, 2032 “U” St. Historic and artistic interpretations of her research will be incorporated into the park.

Funding for the renovation of Trago Park was provided by City of Lincoln Antelope Valley funds (Keno revenue), Community Development Block Grant funds, the Lincoln Cares program and the Cornhusker Kiwanis Club. The Cornhusker Kiwanis Club also is volunteering to assist with landscape establishment and maintenance throughout the fall.

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