City of Lincoln
2004 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng invites the public to the dedication of Kontras Park at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 12 at South Cotner Boulevard and Aldrich Road.
“The residents of the neighborhood decided this area, known as the Piedmont Triangle, needed its own identity,” said Mayor Seng. “The park is named for Gus and Sophia Kontras, who donated $45,000 for park improvements. This is another example of the generosity of citizens wanting to benefit the entire community.”
In addition to thanking the Kontras family, Mayor Seng thanked the James Stuart family, who donated the land to the City in 1932. The park is nine-tenths of an acre, and the Kontras donation will be used for renovation of the gazebo, landscaping and an endowment for ongoing care of the park.
Speakers at the dedication will include Mayor Seng, Gus Kontras and Lynn Johnson, Director of the City Parks and Recreation Department. Refreshments will be provided by The Parthenon.
In 1925, when Gus Kontras was 12 years old, he immigrated to the United States from Greece with his mother and sister to reunite with his father. When Gus was 16, he worked in a steel mill and went to night school. By age 22, he had learned the shoe repair business and opened his own repair shop at 10th and “O” streets. In 1941, he and Sophia married. They lived in the Piedmont area for many years and raised their family there. The couple has two children, Dr. Margaret Sutton and Dr. James Kontras, and five grandchildren.
Parking for the dedication is on Aldrich Road. In case of rain, the ceremony will be postponed to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 17.