City of Lincoln
“Lincoln Cares” and “Kuklin Kids” campaigns successful
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today thanked the community for donating to the “Lincoln Cares” and “Kuklin Kids” campaigns to fund improvements in the City Parks and Recreation Department.
“One of the things we can all give thanks for this Thanksgiving is the generosity of this community,” said Mayor Seng. “We have many needs that can’t be met in the City budget, but through public and private partnerships, we are able to make improvements that benefit the entire community.”
Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said five projects were identified for funding in the first year of “Lincoln Cares.” The program’s success means all those needs are being met. “Lincoln Cares” has provided:
The “Kuklin Kids” campaign began in the summer of 2001 when the neighborhood pool was faced with closure due to low attendance and the need for expensive repairs. With the leadership of former Mayor Helen Boosalis, funds were raised to keep the pool open. Parks and Recreation officials worked with residents to establish new programs, including free and reduced-fee admission, free swim wear and scholarships for Red Cross lessons.
“This year alone, 3,675 people were directly benefitted by ‘Kuklin Kids’ donations,” said Johnson. “We’ve worked hard to make the pools feel more friendly, inviting and accommodating. The Red Cross introduction to life guarding is one example. Young Middle Eastern immigrants who came from the Lighthouse program were able to participate, and all of them have expressed an interest in becoming lifeguards.”
Johnson said about $13,000 remains of the $54,000 raised in the “Kuklin Kids” campaign, and more donations would help sustain the targeted programs throughout the 2004 summer season. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to the Parks and Recreation Foundation at the address above.
For more information on “Lincoln Cares” and “Kuklin Kids,” contact the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department at 441-8264 or visit the City web site at www.lincoln.ne.gov.