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September 7, 2012
For More Information Contact:
Lynn Johnson, Parks and Recreation Director, 402-441-8265
Danielle Conrad, Parks Foundation, 402-432-3394

Public Invited to Celebrate Union Plaza Grand Opening

The public is invited to celebrate the grand opening of Union Plaza at a celebration from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 13. Union Plaza is a new six-acre park spanning three blocks north of "O" Street developed as part of the Antelope Valley Project. The celebration is sponsored by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, the Lincoln Parks Foundation and Union Bank, the lead donor for the park.

A program is planned for 6:30 p.m. in Dickinson Dinsmore Graf Ampitheater near 21st and "Q" street. It will include a musical collaboration featuring local choirs and choral groups and remarks from a Union Bank representative; Patty Pansing Brooks of the Lincoln Parks Foundation; and representatives of the three Antelope Valley Project partners - Mayor Chris Beutler; Glenn Johnson, General Manager of the Lower Platte South NRD; and Christine Jackson, UNL Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance.

The celebration also will include:

Parking is available at Lincoln High School, Lewis Field and Elliott Elementary School, and StarTran will provide free shuttles from those locations to Union Plaza. Supervised bike corrals will be available at 21st and "O" streets and 21st and "Q" streets.

The rain date is Friday, Sept. 14.

A $4.75 million fundraising campaign for Union Plaza was managed by the Lincoln Parks Foundation. Campaign co-chairs were Beatrice Seacrest, Patty Pansing Brooks, TJ McDowell, and Roger Larson.

For more information about Union Plaza and the grand opening, visit

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