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March 8, 2016
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Lynn Johnson, Parks and Recreation, 402-441-8265

Advisory Board to Discuss Wilderness Park Trails and Changes to Golf Program

The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will discuss Wilderness Park trails and funding for the City golf program at its regular meeting Thursday, March 10. The meeting begins at 4 pm at the Auld Pavilion in Antelope Park south of "A" Street at 1650 Memorial Drive.

Wilderness Park Trails
Wilderness Park is a 1,472-acre natural area in southwest Lincoln. The Board will consider adopting guidelines to manage trails in the park, addressing trail surface width and trail corridor width and height. The guidelines also include information on vegetation management along trails and guidance on the rerouting of trails as creek and drainage channels evolve.

"The guidelines provide a set of standard trail management approaches for our staff and valued volunteers working in the park," said Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson. "The intent of the proposed guidelines is to assure that all trail users - hikers, bicyclists and equestrians - continue to have unique trail experiences in the natural environment of Wilderness Park."

In developing the guidelines, Johnson said staff researched national standards, including those used by the U.S. Forest Service. He said the trail guidelines are consistent with the adopted management plan for Wilderness Park. The proposed Wilderness Park trail guidelines are available for review at and at the Parks and Recreation office, 2740 "A" Street.

Golf Program
The five City courses are Highlands, Mahoney, Holmes, Pioneers and Ager. The Board will consider a number of proposed fee increases for the 2016 season. For the current fiscal year, the projected operating and capital improvement expenses for the golf program are $3.79 million, including about $186,000 of infrastructure repair and replacement costs.

Department staff have been working with the Lincoln Municipal Golf Advisory Committee to develop and evaluate options for funding the projected expenses.

The proposed fee increases for the 2016 season are::

Other changes to the golf program that will be considered include:

The changes are available for review at, at the five golf clubhouses and at the Parks and Recreation office, 2740 "A" Street.

The public can provide comments to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in three ways:

For more information about Parks and Recreation facilities and programs, visit and

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