City of Lincoln
2007 Media Releases
The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invites the community to celebrate the expansion of Peach Park at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 7 at 1435 Peach Street. City officials, representatives of the Lincoln Cares community donation program, and members of the Near South Neighborhood Association will sow grass seed to commemorate the park expansion project.
The City of Lincoln, Lincoln Cares and the Near South Neighborhood Association provided funding to acquire a lot next to the existing park for about $35,000. Federal block grant funds were used to demolish a house that was damaged by fire two years ago, and the property has now been planted to grass for a play area.
The original Peach Park included two residential lots. A few years ago, another lot was added. With this fourth lot, the park now totals seven-tenths of an acre.
“This is a neighborhood filled with young families, so this was a wonderful opportunity to expand the only park space in the area,” said Lynn Johnson, Director of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. “The fire-damaged house on the lot had a blighting influence on the neighborhood. Removing that structure and converting it to park space is a great enhancement for this densely-populated neighborhood .”
“We in the Near South are very proud of our parks and excited by this opportunity to add to the green space within our neighborhood,” said Cathy Beecham of the Near South Neighborhood Association. “We’ve always had a great partnership with the Parks Department and are very grateful to the them, and to the Lincoln Cares Program, for their generosity in helping us expand and improve Peach Park.”
Lincoln Cares is a community donation program which allows customers of the Lincoln Electric System to voluntarily add one dollar to their bill payments each month for projects not included in the City budget. Lincoln Cares receives matching funds from TierOne Bank Foundation and World’s Foremost Bank (Cabela’s VISA Operation), which provide a 50-cent match for every dollar contributed, up to $30,000 each. Individual and corporate donations to Lincoln Cares since February 2003 is close to $600,000.