City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng invites the public to the dedication of Government Square Park on the northwest corner of 10th and “O” streets from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 6. The program will include remarks from Mayor Seng and representatives of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, the Downtown Lincoln Association, the Preservation Association of Lincoln, the City Urban Development Department and the City Parks and Recreation Department. The event is being held in conjunction with the “First Friday” gallery walk and will include live music by John Walker, refreshments and a virtual tour and map of the downtown art galleries.
The park on the east side of Old City Hall features a new central fountain donated by the Duane and Phyllis Acklie family. The park also includes pathways, park benches and landscaping and architectural accents highlighting the surrounding historic buildings.
The design of the park is modeled after a previous park at the location several decades ago. In the 1870s, a well was drilled in the center of the block to serve fire cisterns in the area, but water from the 1,000- foot deep artesian well proved to be too salty for the intended use. The Federal Government agreed to open the well for a fountain when the block was acquired in 1873 for a Post Office. The park was gradually reduced in size and eventually eliminated with phased construction of the Old Federal Building.
This project was a cooperative effort between the Parks and Recreation and Urban Development Departments and was funded through tax increment financing.