Mayor Chris Beutler and community partners today broke ground for the first ever Streets Alive! community development project, the Belmont Outdoor Living and Learning Center. The covered shelter in Belmont Park, 12th and Judson streets, will serve as an outdoor classroom for the Belmont schools, preschools and Community Learning Center. It will also provide additional program space for the recreation, community and senior centers as well as outdoor meeting space for neighborhood families, businesses, organizations and faith communities.
The project was organized by Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln as an outgrowth of its Streets Alive! annual outdoor movement festival. Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health, wellness and fitness of all those in the community. The ribbon cutting for the Center will take place at the eighth annual Streets Alive! Sunday, September 23 in the Belmont neighborhood.
"The Streets Alive! festival is the one day every year when we invite everyone to play in the streets," said Mayor Beutler. "Thousands have enjoyed this fun family event over the years, and it's exciting that the impact of the festival will now be felt all year with the Belmont Outdoor Living and Learning Center. This project again demonstrates the power of community partnerships. I want to thank our Parks and Recreation Department, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln and all those who are making this investment in this key Lincoln neighborhood."
For Streets Alive! nearly two miles of streets from Belmont Elementary School to Max E. Roper Park will be closed to traffic. More than 100 exhibitors will provide free health, education and support resources.
The event also includes music, dance, art, sports demonstrations, join-in fitness classes, and fresh local produce along the route. Those attending are encouraged to walk, bike or skate the route. The event from 1 to 4:30 p.m. is family, child, pet, and wheelchair friendly. More information is available at HealthyLincoln.org/streetsalive.
"Streets Alive! celebrates active living, wellness and healthy eating," said Bob Rauner, President of Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln. "Our annual one-day festival promotes neighborhood and community health, bringing together neighbors from across the street and across the city and engaging local schools and businesses. The Belmont community development project will continue the spirit of Streets Alive! by supporting active outdoor living in the heart of the Belmont community year round."
Project donors include platinum sponsors Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, Lincoln Parks and Recreation, the Lincoln Parks Foundation, the Nebraska-Iowa Kiwanis Foundation and five Kiwanis clubs (Lincoln Center, Sunrise, Capitol City, Northeast, and Cornhusker); gold sponsor Lincoln Concrete Specialists; silver sponsors NeighborWorks Lincoln and the Realtors Association of Lincoln; bronze sponsor Wells Fargo; and Good Neighbor sponsors Cornhusker Bank and Costco.