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The City Parks and Recreation Department urges residents to take a survey about plans for upcoming projects in Lincoln.

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South Haymarket Park

The 2018 Downtown Lincoln Master Plan includes a new downtown neighborhood park ad plaza as a catalyst project. This new park is planned to be southwest of the South 7th and N Streets and will be about six acres in size. A preliminary master plan has been developed for South Haymarket park and plaza, and we are asking community residents to envision how they would use the park, and for advice about what activity areas amenities should be included in the new park and plaza. The results of the survey will be shared with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board as the master plan for the new park and plaza are finalized. It is envisioned that a portion of the funding for the new park and plaza will come from fundraising effort led by the Lincoln Parks Foundation.

Take the South Haymarket Park Survey

Survey available online until September 1, 2019. Paper versions of the survey are available during regular business hours at the Lincoln Parks & Recreation Administrative Office, 3131 O Street, Suite 300.

Learn more about the project: South Haymarket Park Project Page

Wilderness Park Signage Survey

Lincoln Parks and Recreation is asking the public to participate in a survey asking about use of Wilderness Park. The 15 question survey asks questions regarding frequency of park use, access, signage, and trail behavior. Responses will be collected through September 10. An electronic survey can be found at and paper copies are available at the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Offices at 3131 O Street, Suite 300.

The survey is part of an effort to develop a signage plan for Wilderness Park. This was identified as a priority project by a citizens group that assists on planning efforts in the park. A subcommittee has been working this summer to develop signage criteria and felt the need to gather information from park users via a survey. Responses will be used to determine what type of information to include on signs and kiosks in the park.

About Wilderness Park
Wilderness Park is the largest city park at 1,472-acres located in southwest Lincoln, Nebraska. There are many separate branches of the park, some separated by roads including prominently S 14th St, a north-south street which dissects much of the south end of the park. The park is heavily wooded, but also includes some prairieland. Streams like the Beal Slough, a primary tributary to Salt Creek, pass through Wilderness Park.

Wilderness Park features a vast network of walking trails, single-track biking trails, and horse trails. Each trail type is denoted by signs along the trails. The hiking trail was designated part of the National Recreation Trails Program in 1977. The crushed limestone 6.5-mile Jamaica North Trail is mostly located within the park. South of Saltillo Rd, Jamaica North connects to the Homestead Trail corridor, which as of July 2012 reaches to Beatrice, Nebraska, and will ultimately extend to Marysville, Kansas.

Take the Wilderness Park Signage Survey

Survey available online from August 1 - September 4, 2019. Paper versions of the survey are available during regular business hours at the Lincoln Parks & Recreation Administrative Office, 3131 O Street, Suite 300.

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Bicentennial Cascade Fountain

The Cascade Fountain has been at the corner of 27th street and Capitol Parkway since 1978. It is the result of a collaboration between the Lincoln Area Retired Teachers Association (now Lincoln Area Retired School Personnel) and Lincoln Parks and Recreation to commemorate the nation's Bicentennial. The fountain is now in a need of major renovation to keep it operating.

Survey was available online from June 27-July 27, 2019.

Learn more about the project: Bicentennial Cascade Fountain Project Page