Parks and Recreation

Department Head

Lynn Johnson and Parker Rex

Lynn Johnson

Lynn Johnson has served as Director of the City of Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department since 2000. He values the community’s legacy of a strong parks system, and the support of community residents for enhancing and expanding the system evidenced by several recent successful fundraising campaigns.

Lynn Johnson and Parker Rex, the Parks and Recreation mascot pose for a fun photo after an event.

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Updated information November 9, 2020 

Stay at home unless traveling for work, school, medical care or food!

For more information about other Community Guidance and Recommendations from the Lincoln-Lancaster County department, visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov

Here are the answers to our most common questions about Parks services during the COVID-19 pandemic:


 Are the parks and trails open?

Yes! Individual outdoor activities such as walking, biking, etc. are acceptable.

  • Maintain physical distance while enjoying our park spaces.
  • Restrooms and drinking fountains in parks and along trails are closed. Restrooms at Holmes Lake Park and Pioneers Park are being opened during weekends only.
  • Take trash out of the park if possible, and dispose of it properly in a nearby trash bin or at home.
  • Use hand sanitizer when playing or using "high touch" areas including playground structures, swings, picnic tables, and adult exercise equipment because they are not sanitized.

What about recreation and volunteering programs?

All in-person programming is cancelled until further notice except for structured youth programs and CLC programming at some of our centers. All volunteer programs have been cancelled until further notice.


 Can I still golf at the municipal golf courses?

Yes, as weather permits. Touchless golf will continue. Seating in food and beverage areas will be limited to 25% of capacity and tables will be limited to groups of no more than for people.

Lincoln Municipal Golf courses and driving ranges remain open with limits on the numbers of players allowed. For all the changes to golf operations, visit lincolncitygolf.org/coronavirus/.


 Dogs and Dog Runs

  • Dogs must remain on leashes unless they are inside enclosed dog runs.
  • Dog waste must be picked up by the owner.
  • Dogs are not allowed within the Pioneers Park Nature Center including trails.

The four dog runs remain open:

  • Mahoney Park Dog Run near 84th and Adams streets
  • Roper Park East Dog Run, N. 7th and Adams streets
  • Rickman's Run, east side of South 70th Street in Holmes Lake Park
  • Stransky Dog Run, Peterson Park, 4419 Southwood Dr.

City of Lincoln COVID-19 information

More information is available at covid19.lincoln.ne.gov. Those with questions on the restrictions can call the Health Department at 402-441-8006.

Those who suspect violations should report them to UPLNK either through the phone app or online at UPLNK.lincoln.ne.gov.

Do not call 911 or law enforcement with questions or to report violations.

For more information about COVID-19, visit covid19.lincoln.ne.gov.

 

Are the centers open? 

All centers are open. Masks are required in all Parks buildings.

Approved activities while COVID-19 Dial is in red: walking in the gym, on the track, and fitness equipment.
Activities that are temporarily restricted: games or sports in the gym, and gameroom

 

Air Park West Recreation Center – 3720 N.W. 46th St., 402-441-7876

  • Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, closed

Belmont Recreation Center – 1234 Judson St., 402-441-6789

  • Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, closed

Calvert Recreation Center – 4500 Stockwell St., 402-441-8480

  • Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, closed

Easterday Recreation Center – 6130 Adams St., 402-441-7901

  • Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, closed

"F" Street Community Center – 1225 F St., 402-441-7951

  • Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sundays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Irving Recreation Center – 2010 Van Dorn St., 402-441-7954

  • Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m..
  • Saturdays and Sundays, closed

Pioneers Park Nature Center – 3201 S. Coddington Ave., 402-441-7985

  • Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday noon - 4:00 p.m.

Prairie Building (north of the road and west of the parking lot) is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Trails and viewing of the bison are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

The Chet Ager Building, the facility (south of the road in the woods) is open 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The newest building at the top of the bison viewing loop is not open to the public and only being used for education programming.

All buildings and hiking trails will be closed on City of Lincoln holidays.

 

Can I reserve a park facility, room or gym?

Reservations for outdoor parks facilities are not being accepted through the time being.

All center rentals and reservations are cancelled until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Online facility reservations have been disabled – except for wedding sites.
  • Shelters: Rental of park shelters, both open air and enclosed, has been suspended through the time being due to guidance regarding limiting group sizes and reduced seasonal park staffing levels.
  • We are requesting for renters to submit a refund request form to receive a full refund, check will be issued within 3 to 5 weeks after the request has been submitted.
  • Special Use events: Have not automatically been cancelled. Organizers are given the opportunity to cancel, postpone or request approval to hold the event under the current Directed Health Measures. Organizers may submit a Health Safety Plan for review by the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department. If the Health Safety Plan is approved, consideration will be given by Parks and Recreation to proceed with the event. For additional information please visit: https://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/covid19/business-resources.htm
  • Weddings: Wedding reservations at Public Gardens/Wedding Venues are still allowed, as long as they follow the current group size limit dictated by the Directed Health Measures. Group size limited includes the Bride, Groom and Officiant.