Improvements at Pinewood Bowl
With the increased programming (SMG produced concerts) at the Pinewood Bowl amphitheater in Pioneers Park over the last several years, the need to renovate support facilities, existing infrastructure and audience amenities has been emphasized. A new backstage artists building has been constructed as the second of a three-phases project to make both backstage and front of house improvements. This building replaced two smaller buildings (men’s/women’s dressing rooms) that were in poor condition and dysfunctional to performers and support staff. The renovation of Pinewood Bowl is being funded by a multi-year grant from the Visitors Promotion Committee and the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners.
Energy Savings Performance Contract
Using an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) 4,000+ light fixtures/bulbs throughout Parks and Recreation facilities were converted to LED and several HVAC units and pool pumps were replaced with higher efficiency equipment to increase energy efficiencies and reduce utility costs. Debt retirement for the financing associated with this project will be funded by the guaranteed savings from ongoing maintenance and operations.
Schroder Park Improvements: Completed spring 2020!
Approximately 0.6 acres of City property was sold to Mourning Hope for construction of their new facility. In partnership with Mourning Hope and the Willard Community Center, the boundaries of Schroder Park have been reconfigured and a campus master plan for the three facilities has been developed that promotes programming for both Mourning Hope and Willard Community Center to extend into the park. A new playground and two half basketball courts were constructed along with connecting walkways and a park entryway feature. Park landscaping will be completed in the spring of 2020 and funding for the addition of a picnic shelter are being pursued.
Peterson Park Pickleball Courts: Completed spring 2020!
Through fundraising efforts of the Pickleball Lincoln Association and the Lincoln Parks Foundation, four additional courts dedicated to pickleball are being constructed in Peterson Park. This will result in a total of ten courts at this location. Design of the courts was completed in the summer of 2019 and construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020.
Rock Island-Jamaica North Trail Connector Bridge: Completed fall 2020!
A new bridge will span over the BNSF railroad tracks the run between Densmore Park and Wilderness Park to provide pedestrians safe passage and connect the Rock Island Trail and the Jamaica North Trail. With funding support from the Railroad Transportation Safety District and the Great Plains Trails Network, design of the bridge was completed in the fall of 2019 and construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.
Approximately 1.25 miles of new concrete commuter/recreational trail was constructed to connect existing trail along North 14th Street with the trail along Alvo Road. This new segment of trail increases connectivity of the overall network and provides access to the Stonebridge neighborhood. It also provides trail service for adjacent neighborhoods to elementary school at 14th and Alvo Road.
The playground equipment in some parks have exceeded its industry standard anticipated life span. The playgrounds also do not meet current guidelines for safety and/or ADA accessibility standards. Renovation efforts included removal of the existing playground and the installation of new playground surfacing and equipment utilizing designs adapted to each park site for consideration for park usage, accessibility, and visibility and maintenance practices.