City of Lincoln
2009 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler invites the public to join him in honoring Delores Lintel with the unveiling of a marker in Lintel Park recognizing her contributions to Lincoln. The ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 at Lintel Park, 21st and Holdrege streets.
In 1968, Delores Lintel and a group of dedicated women began a grass-roots effort to become actively involved in resolving problems affecting their community, lives and well-being. The result was the Clinton Neighborhood Organization and soon after, many more organized neighborhood groups were formed. Mrs. Lintel has been a consistent voice for Lincoln citizens for more than four decades and continues to be actively involved in the community.
In the 1960's, the City planned to build a major roadway, the Northeast Radial, that would connect downtown and northeast Lincoln. The route of the proposed roadway extended through several established residential areas. Much of the land had been acquired for the project when the initiative was defeated by voter referendum, in large part due to the organization and citizen activism of neighborhood residents. A plan was developed to reuse the acquired properties for residential, commercial and park purposes. As a part of the Radial Reuse Plan, Lintel Park was developed and dedicated in 1987 and named in recognition of Delores Lintel. The park is the western anchor of the John Dietrich Trail that follows the route of the former Northeast Radial Project.
Delores recently received the Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership from NeighborWorks America. The award was given in recognition of outstanding contributions by dedicated community leaders.