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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
July 2, 2002
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Meg Lauerman, UNL, 472-2211
Mike Mascoe, Lower Platte South NRD, 476-2729

Tree Planting Marks Start of Antelope Valley Project Construction

Mayor Don Wesely, University of Nebraska - Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman and the General Manager of the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (NRD), Glenn Johnson, will plant a tree today near 30th Street and Leighton Avenue to mark the beginning of construction of the Antelope Valley Project. The site will be developed into a 29.5-acre park as part of the neighborhood revitalization portion of the Antelope Valley Project.

"As the largest public works project in the history of the city, Antelope Valley has been in the planning stages for years," said Mayor Wesely. "Today, we celebrate the beginning of the construction and the on-going partnership among the City, UNL and the NRD. By working together, we are revitalizing the core of our city."

"The partnership of the City, the Natural Resources District and the University in this project demonstrates how public institutions can best serve this community," said Chancellor Perlman. "Cooperation has been the key in moving toward a shared vision for a positive future for Lincoln."

"It is unique that three units of local government, along with two federal agencies, can come together to cooperate on a project, but that has been essential on the Antelope Valley Project and has provided the synergy that will make it work," said Johnson.

The Northeast Community Recreational Sports Park is the first of the Antelope Valley Phase One Priority Projects. The park will include four lighted softball and youth baseball fields; a lighted multi-use sports field; a lighted multi-use play court; an upgraded playground; and about 355 off-street parking stalls. Part of the Dietrich Trail will be relocated with improved lighting. The landscaping plan includes planting more than 400 new trees. The park will host its first softball games in September 2003, and the playing fields will be ready in Spring 2004.

The Phase One Priority Projects are scheduled to be completed over a six- to ten-year period. Construction will begin later this summer on the first phase of the Antelope Creek waterway from Salt Creek south to the Devaney Sports Center. Other roadway and waterway projects will include the construction of 13 bridges and 6.2 miles of new roadway. Planners expect the public investments in reducing the flooding threat and traffic congestion will attract private investments in housing, retail and office developments and community centers.

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