City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced that the City’s annual 4th of July celebration will remain at Oak Lake Park, 1st and Charleston streets, for 2006. The Mayor and other City officials considered key issues such as public safety, traffic, parking and access in determining the site. The celebration was forced to move from Holmes Lake Park to Oak Lake Park in 2003 due to the Holmes Lake Restoration Project.
“The necessity to dredge Holmes Lake forced the City to seek out an alternative celebration site,” said Mayor Seng. “What we found was an alternative location for a celebration of this size that provided even more accessibility.”
“The annual Independence Day celebration has really helped show the potential uses for Oak Lake as an event venue,” said Lynn Johnson, Director of the City Parks and Recreation Department. “There is abundant parking near Oak Lake Park and more available across the pedestrian bridge in the Haymarket area and downtown. The fact that it’s located close to arterial streets and bike trails lends itself to good park access.”
Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady said traffic control at Oak Lake Park has been relatively smooth. “At Holmes, we had to funnel all of the traffic onto two roadways,” he said. “We really have more ways to get folks in and out of the Oak Lake Park area. We’ve had very good experiences the past couple of years with the 4th of July festivities being at Oak Lake Park.”
“Oak Lake Park is not in a high-density neighborhood, so access and traffic flow are more efficient,” said Karl Fredrickson, City Public Works and Utilities Director. “The area also offers a good bus route from the downtown parking garages to the park.”
Specific plans and activities for the City’s 4th of July celebration will be announced in June.