The public is invited to the dedication and recognition of donors for the Jamaica North Trail at 5 p.m. Friday, May 8 near 4th and Van Dorn streets, just south of the railroad tracks on Park Blvd. Those interested in participating in an organized bike ride to the ceremony can meet at 4:30 p.m. at 2600 Park Blvd.
The recently completed section of the trail from Calvert to "A" Street is the final phase of the Jamaica North Trail project. On the north end at 4th and "J" streets, it will eventually connect with the arena trail and the protected bikeway now under construction on "N" Street. The south end of the Jamaica North Trail is one-half mile south of Saltillo Road, where it connects with the Homestead Trail that now goes to Beatrice and eventually will reach to Kansas.
The recently completed section of the trail was funded with $709,060 in Federal Transportation Enhancement Funds and a donation of $267,000 from the Great Plains Trails Network (GPTN). The trail section from Calvert to south of Saltillo was a Lancaster County project that was also funded with Federal Transportation Enhancement Funds and matching funds from GPTN.
"The Jamaica North Trail offers an experience unlike that of many other Lincoln trails," said Mayor Chris Beutler. "This accomplishment is the result of an outstanding partnership among the City, Lancaster County, the State Department of Roads which manages the federal funds and the GPTN and its many donors. I want to thank all the partners for creating this great addition to our trails system."
More information about City parks and trails is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.