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Date:
October 27, 2015
For More Information Contact:
Sara Hartzell, Parks and Recreation, 402-441-8261

Online Discussion to Help Prioritize Wilderness Park Recovery Efforts

The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is seeking more public input on how to prioritize flood recovery efforts in Wilderness Park. The public is invited to an online discussion through the City's MySidewalk public engagement tool. At lincoln.mysidewalk.com, residents can participate in an online conversation about the park's recovery efforts.

Wilderness Park is in the floodplain, and Salt Creek flooding in May and June left the park underwater for much of spring and early summer. When the water receded, Salt Creek had altered its course in some areas, washing out some trails. Debris and erosion have damaged and blocked trails and bridges. The park has been closed south of Pioneers Blvd since the storm.

The Friends of Wilderness Park volunteer group has helped the City assess damages. This winter, dry and frozen ground will allow heavy equipment to enter the park with minimal damage to soil and vegetation. Park staff and volunteers will work to re-route trails, remove debris and address other damage.

For more information, contact Park Planner Sara Hartzell at shartzell@lincoln.ne.gov or 402-441-8261. For more information about Friends of Wilderness Park and volunteer opportunities, send an email to friendsofwildernessparkne@yahoo.com. More information on Parks and Recreation facilities and programs is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.


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