Parks and Recreation Facilities Plan Available for Public Comment
Comments are requested by October 8.
The Lincoln Parks and Recreation 2021 update of its 10-year facilities plan is available for public review and comment. The facilities plan identifies anticipated repair and replacement projects to keep parks and recreation facilities in good repair and operating condition, and development of new neighborhood parks and trails to keep pace with community growth. The Parks and Recreation 10-Year Facilities Plan is updated every two years in advance of the City biennial budget preparation process and guides development of capital improvement funding requests. The facilities plan is reviewed and approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
The 2021 update of the Parks and Recreation 10-Year Facilities Plan is available for review on-line at parks.lincoln.ne.gov. Printed copies of the facilities plan are available for pickup and review at the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Administration office.
Public comments are requested by Friday, October 8 and can be submitted on-line or in writing by mailing them or dropping them off to:
Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department
3131 O Street #300
Lincoln, NE 68501
Comment Review and Facilities Plan Approval Process
Public comments received will be reviewed by Parks and Recreation Department staff and a working committee of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The final draft of the Parks and Recreation 10-Year Facilities Plan will be considered for approval by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board during its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, November 11 at 4 pm in the large meeting room at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office located at 3131 O Street #300. Community residents can provide comments during this meeting either in-person or by Zoom. Those wishing to join the meeting by Zoom can phone 402-441-8264 to receive a Zoom link to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting.
The Parks & Recreation 10-Year Facilities Plan provides guidance regarding investments in parks and recreation facilities for the next decade.
- The 10-Year Facilities Plan guides the preparation of the Parks & Recreation Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
- The plan includes the continuous need to repair/replace/renew existing facilities and make major renovations to aging infrastructure.
- The plan also includes the development of new facilities to serve community growth and address evolving recreation and leisure interests.
- For park and trail related facilities, the plan is organized by quadrants that correspond to operation/maintenance districts. Projects of a general nature are listed under Administration. Aquatic facilities and recreation/community centers are listed in separate sections.
Projects that involve a capital fundraising campaign in partnership with the Lincoln Parks Foundation are identified in a table presented below the summary of estimated costs by district and priority ranking.
The initial version of the plan was developed in 2013 through a series of community meetings of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board.
- The plan has been subsequently reviewed and updated every two years to facilitate preparation of the biennium CIP.
- This version of the plan to be updated/adopted by the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board in November, 2021.
- Dollar amounts represent current estimated costs and do not include an inflation factor for time over the 10-year period.
- Each project listed in the plan is assigned an A-B-C priority level as recommended by staff and reviewed with the Advisory Board:
A. Project that will address a much-needed improvement that may include a safety concern, accessibility issue, and/or prevent an increased cost in the future as the asset further degrades. If possible, funding will be sought in years one and two of the CIP.
B. Project that will provide a much-needed improvement and prevent an increased cost in the future as the asset degrades, but it is not considered an immediate safety concern. The need for future funding will be identified in years three through six in the CIP.
C. Project that will address an anticipated future need or desired improvement; however, it is not considered an immediate need for funding in the CIP.
- Projects highlighted in green have been completed since the plan was last updated in 2019.
- Projects listed in red are new additions and/or revisions to the plan since the 2019 update.
A. Repair/Replacement/Renewal of Existing Facilities
An estimated $38.7 million* or $3.87 million annually is needed during the 10-year period.
Projects totaling an estimated $42.4 million are identified for development during the 10-year period.
* Includes 2.3 million for the replacement/infill of public street trees and $4.2 million for the Emerald Ash Borer response and recovery program.
Repair/Replacement/Renewal of Existing Facilities.
- Approximately $3.2 million is needed each year for repair/replacement projects to keep existing facilities and supporting infrastructure in operable condition for continued safe and desirable public use.
- An additional $234,000 is needed annually to replace and infill street trees across the City and $422,000 is needed annually for contractual tree removal, replanting and treatment of Ash Trees as part of the City's EAB response and recovery plan.
- Keno revenue typically provides about $1.565 million per year to the CIP. For the next 15 years, $480,000 in keno funds will be used for debt retirement associated with financing construction of the replacement Air Park Recreation Center (2021). This results in $1.085 million being available for other CIP Projects.
- In addition to keno funds, the proceeds from cell tower leases associated with park sites produces approximately $300,000 annually, thereby bringing the total funding dedicated to the CIP for projects focused on the repair/replacement of existing facilities to $1.385 million.
- In recent years, an additional $500,000 - $800,000 in general revenue funding has been appropriated annually to the CIP to help close the gap between project costs and available funding (excludes approx. $335,000 of general revenue appropriated specifically for EAB impacts).
- Assuming continued appropriations of $500,000 - $800,000 in general revenue (contingent upon Mayor and City Council approval), a total of $1.885 - $2.185 million will be available on an annual basis in the CIP to address repair/replacement needs.
- An additional $1.0 - $1.3 million will be needed each year to fully fund the $3.1 million annual projection for repair/replacement projects.
- Strategies to address the gap in funding and to support development of new community recreation facilities may include a Quality of Life Bond.
Development of New Neighborhood Parks & Trails.
- Neighborhood parks and commuter/recreational trails in new growth areas of the City are funded primarily with impact fees generated from new residential construction. An estimated $5.7 million in impact fees are needed over the next 10 years to keep pace with growth of the City.
- The estimated $42.4 million in potential projects for the next 10 years to provide additional recreational opportunities to the community includes $9.0 million for development of the South Haymarket Park and $4.5 million for land acquisition along the South Beltway to facilitate development of a parallel trail corridor.
(updated Sept 5, 2021)
The Municipal Golf 10-Year Facilities Plan provides guidance regarding investments in golf course infrastructure for the next decade.
- The plan guides preparation of the Parks & Recreation Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
- The plan focuses on the necessity to repair/replace/renew existing facilities and make renovations of aging infrastructure.
- The plan is organized by courses.
- Dollar amounts represent current estimated costs and do not include an inflation factor for time over the 10-Year period.
- Projects highlighted in green have been completed since the last update to the plan in 2019.
- Projects listed in red are new additions and/or revisions to the plan since the 2019 update.
The plan was first developed in 2017 through a series of community meetings of the Municipal Golf Advisory Committee.
- The plan is subsequently reviewed and updated every two years to facilitate preparation of the biennium CIP.
- This version of the plan to be updated/adopted by the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board in October, 2021.
Funding sources for Golf Program Capital Repair and Replacement Expenses
- Holmes Clubhouse/Pioneers Irrigation surcharge (about $100,000 annually)
- Golf Capital Improvement Program (CIP) surcharge (about $125,000 annually)
- Cell tower lease revenue (about $135,000 annually)
- Revenue from an agreement with Benchcraft ($20,000 annually)
- Total annual projected revenue sources for capital repair and replacement expenses are about $380,000 annually.
- Funding may be augmented with net annual operating revenue of the five courses on a year-by-year basis.
Holmes Golf Clubhouse Surcharge transition to Irrigation Systems Surcharge
- The Holmes Golf Course Clubhouse was funded with bond financing over a ten-year period with the annual debt payment covered primarily by the Holmes Clubhouse Surcharge. The final debt payment was made in September, 2021.
- The surcharge will continue to be collected with the proceeds being repurposed for debt retirement over the next ten years for the bond to fund renovation of the irrigation system at Pioneers Golf.
- Following renovation of the irrigation system at the Pioneers Golf Course (2021-22), the irrigation systems at Holmes Golf and at Pioneers Golf will have exceed their expected life spans and will be the next priorities for irrigation systems funding.
Estimated "Gap" in annual funding for Golf Program Capital Repairs and Improvements
- Approximately $649,000 is needed each year for repair/replacement projects to keep existing golf course infrastructure in operable condition for safe, enjoyable, desirable use.
- Currently, a total of $213,000 is available on an annual basis from the funding sources identified above.
- An addition $436,000 will be needed each year to fully fund the $649,000 projection.
To view full table including priority list, download the drafts below.
Golf 10-Year Facilities Plan - 2021/22 draft(PDF, 458KB)
Golf CIP 10 Year - 2017 Final Plan