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May 13, 2014
For More Information Contact:
Lynn Johnson, Parks and Recreation Director, 402-441-8265
Brendan Evans, Party in the Parks Coordinator, 402-730-2016

Party in the Parks Returns to Union Plaza

First event May 17 celebrates "Kids to Parks Day"

Mayor Chris Beutler invites Lincoln families to celebrate national "Kids to Parks Day" 2014 by participating in Lincoln's first Party in the Parks of the season from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at Union Plaza. The National Park Trust is encouraging communities to plan special events for "Kids to Parks Day" in local, state and national parks across the country.

"The national observance of 'Kids to Parks Day' is the perfect opportunity to kick off the second year of our local Party in the Parks events," said Mayor Beutler. "By encouraging families to enjoy arts and recreational activities in our beautiful public parks, we promote creativity, wellness and a feeling of community."

The free public event May 17th will feature children activities from 4 to 6 p.m. They include painting and planting pots, a bike rodeo, a hula hoop demonstration, an introduction to yoga and a Kids 5-4-3-2-1 Challenge Course. Theater performances are scheduled between 6 and 7 p.m., and local bands, "Blet" and "Powers" will perform between 7 and 9 p.m. Food trucks will be at Union Plaza for families to purchase snacks or a picnic meal.

The Party in the Parks events were initiated in the summer of 2013 to provide free community arts events in Union Plaza. Additional events this year are set for June 14, July 12, August 16 and September 13. The Party in the Parks initiative is also being expanded in 2014 to include other free performing and visual arts events in Lincoln's parks throughout the summer months. A calendar of 2014 Party in the Parks events is available at, and more information is available by calling 402-441-7847.

"We want to thank the many community partners who come together to make Party in the Parks events happen," said Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson. "Party in the Parks are cooperative efforts that make Lincoln a fun place for residents and visitors."

Party in the Parks events in Union Plaza are supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of its "Art Works" initiative. More information on the NEA is available at

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