Beginning Wednesday, February 25, the Parks and Recreation Department will remove 25 trees on Capitol Parkway to prepare for the renovation of the Billy Wolff Trail this spring. The trees are on the north side of Capitol Parkway from Randolph to 27th streets. The 29 new trees planted along the trail last year will not be affected, and additional trees will be planted when construction is complete.
The section of trail to be renovated was part of the first trail developed in Lincoln in 1979. It is one of the last sections of the Billy Wolff Trail that is only eight feet wide, and the project will widen it to ten feet. Right, now the trail has many cracks and areas where the concrete has separated in the middle creating a gap. The existing trees have also caused some sections of the trail to heave. The ramp on the west side of 27th Street leading up from the underpass will also be replaced to meet ADA standards, and that work will require the replacement of the retaining wall on the south side of the ramp.
The project is being funded from a recreational trail program grant, City Capital Improvement Program funds and a donation from the Great Plains Trails Network.
More information on the project is available from Terry Genrich, Lincoln Parks and Recreation, at 402-441-7939. More information on the City trail system is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.