Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged residents to review and comment on a draft 10-year plan for Parks and Recreation facilities. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board worked with City staff to develop the draft plan, which includes the repair and renovation of existing facilities and the development of new facilities for the growing community. The draft plan and maps of the proposed project locations are available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.
"We should never underestimate the value of our parks facilities and programs to the entire community," Mayor Beutler said. "Investing in a strong parks system contributes to our quality of life, promotes healthy lifestyles and assists our economic development efforts. Our Parks and Recreation Department even helps keep our crime rate low by providing positive activities for our young people. This is an important plan, and I hope residents give us their feedback for the future care and development of these community assets."
The plan identifies about $70 million in projects over 10 years. The projects are listed by quadrant, and the Advisory Board has prioritized them into A, B and C categories. Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said public input will help to further prioritize projects and funding. The Advisory Board is expected to consider the public's input and adopt the plan during its regular meeting December 12. The plan will be updated every two years and will be used to guide development of the Department's capital improvement program associated with the City budget.
"We manage an extensive system of facilities for use and enjoyment of the community including more than 200 buildings, 131 miles of trails, 32 miles of walkways in parks, nearly 55 acres of parking lots, 85 playgrounds and more than 125,000 public trees," Johnson said. "These facilities require regular repair and replacement to keep them in good condition and available for use. In addition, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan provides guidance for developing new facilities as the community grows."