City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today invited families to kick-off summer Saturday June 10 with a new fun and free event at Holmes Lake Park called Waterfest. From 5 to 8 p.m participants can fish, canoe and fly kites. Waterfest also will feature:
“Waterfest is being held to celebrate the completion of Holmes Lake and the surrounding park,” said Mayor Seng. “This will a great opportunity for families to have fun while also learning about the lake and what we can do to keep our streams and lakes clean and healthy.”
City Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said Holmes Lake is a good example of how pollution impacts our water resources. The 110-acre Holmes Lake reservoir was built in 1962 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and recreation. The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department manages the lake and the surrounding park. More than 40 years of development and upstream agricultural use deposited excessive amounts of sediment in the lake that reduced the lake’s depth, water quality and fishing conditions.
The City partnered with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund and others to complete a two-year $5.6 million renovation. Nearly 321,000 cubic yards of sediment were removed from the lake bottom. About 2.4 miles of shoreline were stabilized with rock and native plants, and 10 acres of wetlands were created. Six new rock jetties were installed to provide fishing access and protect shorelines.
The project extended the recreational life span of the lake by more than 100 years. A Watershed Advisory Committee, formed in 2001, is working to reduce the threat of future pollution at Holmes Lake through public education, wetland enhancement and drainage improvement efforts.
Holmes Lake re-opened last fall with a 2.3-mile hiker/biker trail loop, two new pedestrian bridges and ten new benches. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission restocked the lake with sport fish species that include largemouth bass, blue gill and channel catfish. A handicapped-accessible wooden pier was installed for fishing. The Holmes Lake Sailing Club assisted with the installation of new boat launch facilities along South Shoreline Drive. The renovation also included lighting improvements throughout the park and the expansion of parking lots at the Holmes Golf Course and Rickman’s Dog Run.
Waterfest is being presented by the City of Lincoln, The Groundwater Foundation, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Sponsors include Grohs, Keller & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.; Olsson Associates; Pepsi, Russ’s Markets and KFRX Radio.
More information about Waterfest is available on the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: waterfest).