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"For myself, success is, to leave the woodpile a little higher than I found it."

-Paul Harvey

Love Your Parks…Give a Gift that Lasts a Lifetime.

As Lincoln grows, so does the demand for parks. Maintaining and building an outstanding park and recreation system is one way we can provide an excellent lifestyle for our citizens now and in the future.

The Lincoln Parks Foundation was founded in 1992 by Clancy Woolman, Bill Blake, Dr. James Rickman, Marilyn Olson, Fred R. "Bob" Sikyta, Robert A. Helm, Arlan Stromberg, Phyllis Pauley, and M.E. "Bus" Whitehead. As a private 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization they inspire and nurture a philanthropic legacy for parks and recreation in our community.

As a non-profit organization, the Lincoln Parks Foundation works in partnership with the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. The Lincoln Parks Foundation’s sole mission is to help sustain and improve our parks and recreation facilities and programs, beyond what city tax dollars provide.

Past successful campaigns include a $1.7 million renovation Sunken Gardens, a $350,000 renovation of Antelope Park Rose Garden, a $4.75 million capital campaign for Union Plaza, a $2.2 million renovation of historic Sherman Field, and a $9.6 million capital campaign to Revitalize Nebraska's Centennial Mall. Current projects include Mini Grants for neighborhood parks, Parker Pals scholarships for children to attend recreation center programs and swimming lessons, a $5.6 million campaign to renovate Woods Tennis Center, and the development of a tall grass Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch.

Private help is essential if we are going to continue to enjoy the benefits of our remarkable parks system. Love your parks…and give a gift that lasts a lifetime.

Ways to Give:

Lincoln Parks Foundation Fundraising Campaigns:

If you would like more information on the Lincoln Parks Foundation, our major projects and how to support Lincoln’s parks in general, contact us at or call 402-441-8258.