A saline wetland just north of Lincoln and Interstate 80 along 27th street was acquired by the City of Lincoln as mitigation for the destruction of a smaller saline wetland filled when Capitol Parkway West bypass was constructed southwest of downtown Lincoln. Arbor Lake has public access, a parking area and an observation platform to allow visitors to observe saline wetlands and the plant and animal life in the area.
In 2004, the City of Lincoln purchased an additional 69 acres of property to the east and south of the original Arbor Lake property. This purchase includes saline flats and buffer areas needed to protect these fragile natural areas. In total, Arbor Lake is now 132 acres in size.
The City of Lincoln was awarded $500,000 for the Arbor Lake Wetland Restoration Project through a Federal Section 319 grant. A consultant was hired to develop the restoration plan and design. The final design for the wetland restoration was completed in 2010 and construction work is expected to begin in the fall/winter of 2011. Click here to view a pdf of the restoration final design.