Lincoln Parks and Recreation today announced that two new dog runs will open on Monday, December 18 at Peterson Park, 2200 Southwood Dr., and Mahoney Park, 84th Street and Market Drive. Both locations offer separate areas for large and small dogs, restrooms, benches, trash receptacles and ADA-accessible parking.
The two new runs complete the 2016 City-wide Dog Use Facilities Master Plan, which called for locating a public dog run in each City quadrant. The City's other two runs are Rickman's Run on the east side of 70th Street in Holmes Lake Park and the recently-developed run at Roper East Park, N. 7th and Adams streets. The Roper East Park Dog Run replaced the Oak Creek Dog Run, which is now closed.
The Mahoney Park Dog Run on the east side of the park includes 3.6 acres for large dogs and .6 acres for small dogs. The Peterson Park run is on the west side of Southwood Dr. and features a 2.6 acre large dog area and one acre for small dogs. Pending approval by the City Council and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the run at Peterson Park is proposed to be named Stransky Dog Run, in recognition of a gift from the Leonard J. and Angeleen E. Stransky Charitable Trust.
The Lincoln Parks Foundation and the Friends of Dog Parks are raising funds until December 31 for additional features at the runs including paved pathways, shade structures, drinking fountains and rinsing stations. Local companies Bison and BRP at Bison, owned by Nick Cusick, contributed custom benches and trash receptacles, which will be installed in early 2018.
The public may support the runs by purchasing metal tiles to be displayed on decorative fences at each run. Funds raised will be used to build enhancements and create an endowment for maintenance of the runs. Local manufacturer TMCO, Inc., owned by Roland Temme, designed and created the fence panels and tiles.
For more information about the fundraising campaigns, visit LincolnParks.org/dogruns or call the Lincoln Parks Foundation at 402-441-8258. More information on the Parks and Recreation Department is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.