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2008 Media Releases

October 10, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Lynn Johnson, Director of Parks and Recreation, 441-8265
Jerry Shorney, Assistant Parks and Rec Director, 441-8259


Mayor Chris Beutler today invited the community to lend a hand in caring for Lincoln’s parks and trails by participating in the second annual “Hands On/Help Out” volunteer effort. Volunteers are needed to help clean up and prepare parks and trails for the winter. Last year, more than 60 of the City’s 124 park areas were adopted for one-day volunteer projects.

“I want to again thank the 634 volunteers who gave 1,341 hours of their time during the 2007 Hands On/Help Out project,” Mayor Beutler said. “Parks and trails are important community assets, and assistance from community volunteers helps us keep them in good shape.”

Businesses, organizations and families are asked to call the Parks and Recreation office at 441-7035 to find out where volunteer assistance is needed. One-time projects suited to a variety of group sizes have been identified throughout Lincoln. The time commitment to complete a project ranges from a few hours to a full day. Projects are to be completed before the end of November and may be scheduled any time during the week.

The Hands On/Help Out initiative is a cooperative effort between the Parks and Recreation Department and the Lincoln Parks Foundation. The mission of the Lincoln Parks Foundation is to assist in securing resources for Parks and Recreation facilities and programs. Earlier this year, the Lincoln Parks Foundation launched a “Friends of Lincoln’s Parks” program.

“Hands On/Help Out is part of the Lincoln Parks Foundation’s effort to encourage Lincoln residents to give of their time, talents and treasure to enhance Lincoln’s enviable Parks and Recreation system,” said Christie Dionisopoulos, Lincoln Parks Foundation President.

More information on the City Parks and Recreation facilities and program is available on the City Web site at (keyword: parks).

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