Mayor Chris Beutler invites families to the City's third Waterfest, a fun and free event from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 12 at Holmes Lake Park. Waterfest activities will include fishing, canoeing and other hands-on activities. The event will feature a raptor release, a performance by PANgea, educational exhibits, free refreshments and prizes (while they last).
In 2005, a $5.6 million renovation of Holmes Lake and the surrounding park was completed. The removal of sediment extended the recreational life span of the lake by more than 100 years.
"One of the goals of Waterfest is to share information on how we can prevent pollutants from getting back into Holmes Lake and our other water resources," said Mayor Beutler. "I encourage the public to attend the event to have a good time and also to learn about the benefits of installing rain gardens and rain barrels and the importance of picking up pet waste, fixing auto oil leaks and using low phosphorous fertilizer."
The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department manages Holmes Lake and the surrounding park. The Watershed Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department works to reduce the threat of water through public education, implementing stream bank stabilization projects and promoting water quality improvement efforts.
The City's partners in Waterfest include the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Other sponsors are Olsson Associates, Lincoln Parks Foundation, Pepsi-Cola of Lincoln, JEO Consulting Group, Schemmer Associates, Culligan of Lincoln, Nebraska Concrete and Aggregates Association, Comfort Chiropractic and the American Red Cross.
More information about Waterfest is available on the City website, lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: waterfest).