Mayor Don Wesely and members of the Arnold Heights Neighborhood Association today dedicated the new Eagles View Park at N.W. 53rd Street and W. Knight Drive and thanked the many groups and individuals who worked on the project. The .25-acre “tot” park includes a play structure, swings, benches, a drinking fountain and a picnic table.
“This is another great example of what can happen when the community works together to fill a need,” said Mayor Wesely. “In this case, the need was more recreational opportunities for children and families in the area. This is a wonderful addition for the families in this neighborhood and for our parks system.”
The need for a park was identified through a neighborhood planning process, funded by the Lincoln Housing Authority (LHA). The LHA also donated the land for the park and was its major donor.
The City Parks and Recreation Department has been working with the neighborhood since 1998 on the planning, design and implementation of the park project and awarded the project a grant through the Neighborhood Self-Help Program. The City Urban Development Department also provided funding for the project.
The project also provided an opportunity for Boy Scouts Kevin Eddy and Brad Griffin to become Eagle Scouts. They organized members of Troop 13 and neighborhood kids to assemble and install benches, plant trees and rake the tons of gravel for the playground base. A new business in the area, Sadoff and Rudoy Industries, donated landscaping for the park. Additional benches were funded by the Arnold School PTO and the family of Connie Brown, a teacher at Arnold Elementary. Her late husband, Marty, was a physical education teacher at Arnold for 15 years.