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With over 6,000 acres of parks and natural land within 132 parks, 6 recreation centers, 134 miles of trails, 9 public pools, 5 city golf courses, and one Nature Center, Parks and Recreation really is FUNdamental to our quality of life in Lincoln.



Our goal is to have a park area within one-half mile walking distance of each residence in the community. We enjoy 131 parks in Lincoln with more than half of them identified as neighborhood and mini-parks.


Public Gardens

Every spring, Lincoln’s Sunken Gardens comes to life with thousands of annual flowers.  The Hamann Rose Garden and Rotary Strolling Garden at Antelope Park blooms in an array of colors thanks to the many Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora and Floribunda roses. Veteran's Garden is the site of many events throughout the year honoring our military. There are also public gardens at the Pioneers Park Nature Center.


Recreation Centers

A variety of fitness, leisure interest, human service and youth development programs are offered at Lincoln’s six recreation centers. We also provide therapeutic recreation programs to youth and adults.


Pioneers Park Nature Center

For more than 50 years, the Pioneers Park Nature Center has been helping children and families discover nature. A nature-based pre-school program is offered at the Nature Center during the school year, and day camps are available for school-age children during summer months. Nature and outdoor programs for all ages are offered year-round. The 668-acre site includes eight miles of hiking trails, two interpretive buildings, gardens, and live animal exhibits.



Each year about one million “treks” happen on Lincoln’s 134 miles of trails. There are hiker/biker trails in many parks as well as commuter/recreation trails for those going the distance.


Dog Runs

Lincoln has four public dog runs for our canine friends to enjoy. Three of the areas have been recently renovated to successfully open a dog run in each quadrant of the city.


Public Pools

Looking to make a splash?  Visit one of our 9 outdoor public pools this summer, sign up for swim lessons, join a swim and dive team, or check out other programming like Family Swim Nights!



Lincoln Parks and Recreation offers 5 afforable and well-maintained public golf courses, each providing a unique experience. Whether you like tree-lined fairways and water hazards or links style, we’ve got a course that’s sure to challenge you.


Team Sports

Get your friends, neighbors and coworkers together to play!  Parks and Recreation provides opportunities for both youth and adults to be a part of organized team sports all year round.  You can now reserve athletic fields on-line!


Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch

The Salt Valley Greenway is a ribbon of open space and greenway links within the Salt Valley drainage basin in Lincoln and Lancaster County. One of the key links is the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch, linking Pioneers Park and Spring Creek Prairie, important resources for tallgrass prairie and environmental education.


Hyde Observatory

At Hyde Observatory, gaze at the night sky through three powerful telescopes, enjoy two programs about astronomy or space exploration that change monthly, and interact with knowledgeable volunteers.


Saline Wetlands Conservation Partnership

The Saline Wetlands Conservation Partnership was initiated in 2003 to preserve nearly 4,000 acres of land associated with the unique eastern saline wetlands in northern Lancaster County. Since its inception, the partnership has purchased nearly 710 acres of saline wetlands and other associated upland habitat, initiated educational activities, participated in saline wetland restoration projects, and provided for operation and maintenance of these areas.


Public Art

Public art has the power to energize our public spaces, arouse our thinking, and transform the places where we live, work, and play into more welcoming and beautiful environments that invite interaction.  There are over 60 pieces of public art in Lincoln’s parks including sculptures, fountains and monuments. 


John Breslow Ice Hockey Center

The John Breslow Ice Hockey Center is a premier Ice Skating Experience for the public. The John Breslow Ice Hockey Center offers Public Skating, Stick & Puck, Drop In Hockey Sessions, Birthday Parties, Learn To Skate, Youth and Adult Hockey & Broomball Programs. Ice Rentals are also available. Some of Lincoln Parks & Recreation programming will occur at the John Breslow Ice Hockey Center. Located at 411 “V” Street, in downtown Lincoln, it’s a new favorite for all ages! For more information visit


Current Projects

Every year, Parks and Recreation is involved in the planning, design and construction of many different types of projects in our parks and facilities.  We’ve partnered with other federal, state and local agencies as well as private neighborhood and community groups on projects such as
  • Park master plans
  • Park and median landscaping
  • Park and recreation facility construction and renovation
  • Storm water quality improvements


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