Mayor Chris Beutler today invited the public to attend an open house Tuesday, November 10 to learn more about a major renovation planned for Centennial Mall. The event is from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple, 322 Centennial Mall. Free parking behind the Temple is accessible from "L" Street. The design team - The Clark Enersen Partners, Bahr Vermeer Haecker, Olsson Associates and Tom Laging - will present preliminary concepts for the Mall and gather comments from the public.
The City has committed $2.2 million to assist in funding essential improvements to Centennial Mall, which links the State Capitol to the UNL campus. The project includes new landscaping and green spaces and addresses safety and accessibility issues.
"The City is committed to bringing key partners together to restore this historic Mall to its former beauty," said Mayor Beutler. "This renovation has been on the back burner too long, and we are excited to help gather the statewide groups who will work to preserve and improve this public treasure." The Mayor said the City will reach out to other financial partners including the State of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska and private donors.
Built in 1967 to commemorate the state's centennial, Centennial Mall extends from the State Capitol seven blocks north on what would be 15th Street. The renovation will create durable accessible walkways along with expanded lawn and landscape areas and updated fountains. Funding has not been available to make improvements in the past, and the Mall has deteriorated. Future fund-raising efforts will include a plan to create an endowment for future maintenance of the Mall.
The Capitol is a popular attraction for the more than one million people who visit Lincoln each year," Beutler said. "Centennial Mall enhances the beauty of that historic building, provides community gathering space and links two of our state's most important institutions. This project will create a place of pride for all Nebraskans.
More information about the Centennial Mall project is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.