City of Lincoln
2007 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler, the City Parks and Recreation Department and the Lincoln Parks Foundation are encouraging residents to lend a hand in maintaining the community’s public park areas. Through the "Hands On / Help Out Lincoln’s Parks" program, neighborhood groups, community organizations, businesses, families and individuals are encouraged to adopt one of Lincoln’s 105 urban park areas for a one-day fall cleanup project.
"Our parks are jewels in this community, and we’re asking volunteers to help us keep them sparkling," said Mayor Beutler. "This program provides a great opportunity to socialize with friends, neighbors and co-workers while performing valuable community service."
Projects will take place during October and November. Those interested in volunteering are asked to call the Parks and Recreation Department at 441-7035 or to visit the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: hands). The Neighborhood Extra publication in the Saturday Lincoln Journal Star will list the volunteer groups and the areas they have adopted.
Staff will coordinate with volunteer groups to select a park area and date for their project. The Parks and Recreation Department will provide supplies and tools, and volunteers are asked to dress in work clothes and shoes and wear gloves. Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said an emphasis of the cleanup will be to place mulch around the bases of trees to enhance growth, minimize injury and reduce mowing time.
"When we have asked for park volunteers in the past, the response and support have been tremendous," said Johnson. "Our goal is to have every park area adopted this fall. This is one way residents can contribute directly to the quality of life in their neighborhoods."
Clancy Woolman, Past President of the Lincoln Parks Foundation, said the Foundation is pleased to help promote the volunteer project. "The role of the Foundation is to garner resources for our Parks and Recreation programs and facilities," said Woolman. "Sometimes we’re out asking for monetary donations. With this project, we’re asking for donations of time."