City of Lincoln
Mayor Coleen J. Seng will dedicate the new Stransky Park at 17th Street and Perkins Boulevard at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 26. In case of bad weather, the dedication will be held at the Irving Recreation Center, 2010 Van Dorn. Angeleen Stransky and her late husband Leonard, a prominent Lincoln grocer and businessman, donated about $550,000 for the park as part of a 1994 gift totaling more than $1 million to the Parks and Recreation Department.
“We are very pleased that Mrs. Stransky will join us for this dedication,” said Mayor Seng. “It was the love she and her husband had for our parks that resulted in their generous donation. Mr. and Mrs. Stransky have given this City an important legacy that can be enjoyed by many generations to come.”
The Victorian-period park covers three-fourths of an acre and includes a naturalized stone fountain, a gazebo, a playground, lighting, landscaping and parking. The Stransky Trust is also providing funds for the park’s long-term maintenance and replacement costs.
Mayor Seng thanked the park’s design team which included Mrs. Stransky, the planning and construction staff for the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department and architects and engineers from Olsson Associates..
The park’s dedication plaque honoring Mr. and Mrs. Stransky reads, “It is their wish to give a place of beauty back to the many customers that supported them in the Near South and Irvingdale Neighborhoods.”
In addition to the grocery business, Leonard Stransky was also involved in real estate and other investments. He died in March 1998. The Stransky’s 1994 gift to the Parks and Recreation Department also funded the larger than life-size bronze elk sculpture at the north entrance to Pioneers Park, which was unveiled in October 2001. Their other donations have included $100,000 to the Capital Humane Society; $100,000 for a scholarship at UNL; and $100,000 for the building fund at Milligan High School, Mrs. Stransky’s alma mater.