City of Lincoln
2005 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng, along with officials from Lincoln Parks and Rec and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, today dedicated the new 100 percent handicapped accessible playground area at Mahoney Park in northeast Lincoln. The new $105,000 playground equipment was funded equally by a Land and Water Conservation Grant through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department keno funds.
“This is the latest effort in our continuing commitment to upgrade playground areas in city parks,” said Mayor Seng. “We are grateful for the financial support we’ve received from the State Game and Parks Commission to assist in this effort to modernize the playgrounds.”
Neal Bedlan, Federal Aid Administrator for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission also attended today’s playground dedication. The acquisition of the 227-acre Mahoney Park in 1970 was also assisted by funds from the Land Water Conservation Fund.
“It is a great privilege and honor to be able to partner with the National Parks Service to provide financial assistance to this worthy project,” Bedlan said. “Over the past 40 years, the City of Lincoln has received a total of almost 2 million dollars from the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program to assist with projects such as the Holmes lake trail, this Mahoney Park playground enhancement and many other park development projects.”
The new playground surface is cushioned with recycled rubber tiles for added safety protection from potential falls and for full accessibility. The original Mahoney Park playground equipment was installed in 1971.
“This large playground includes a composite play structure with multiple platforms and numerous ground-based pieces that provide outdoor recreation opportunities for families with pre-school and elementary school-aged children,” said J.J. Yost, Planning and Construction Manager for Lincoln Parks and Rec. “We have again upgraded playground facilities at a Lincoln community park while always focusing first on the safety of our children.”
The new playground is larger and designed to be attractive, safe and encouraging to physical activity. It was relocated in the immediate vicinity of the existing tennis courts, softball fields and sand volleyball courts.
Mayor Seng also invited citizens to join her for music, hot cocoa and holiday festivities at the “Lighting of the Gardens” event at the Sunken Gardens from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 9. Over 1,000 white luminaries will help light up the terraced walls of Sunken Gardens. The Mayor will speak and flip-the-switch on the holiday lights at 5:30 p.m. This will be the first time that holiday lights have been on display in the 75-year history of the Sunken Gardens.