Roper Park Stream Stability Project

Updated February 2015

Roper Park is a 144 acre park located in Northwest Lincoln along Interstate 180 from Superior Street to Adams Street. The park features vast open park area with a disc golf course, playground, walking/biking trail, and picnic shelters. Lynn Creek, which flows through the park, is currently severely eroded and has very steep banks.

In order to restore the streambank of Lynn Creek and reduce erosion, the City of Lincoln Public Works and Utilities Watershed Division and EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. have designed the Roper Park Stream Stability Project. The project involves bank stabilization to improve water quality and improve public health and safety. The design considered numerous design options; including grade control structures, bridge abutment protection, channel reshaping, streambank toe stabilization, live planting bank stabilization, forestry management to reduce tree hazards, vegetative buffers along the creek, and bioretention areas. The project area is as shown on the figure to the right.

The construction work will occur in two phases:

The first phase, Superior Street to the parking area at 3rd and Fairfield, is scheduled to start in late-February 2015 and finish in the summer. This work includes stream stabilization at four locations as well as reconstruction of the abutments for the pedestrian bridge between Superior Street and the parking area. The stream work will require the removal of selected trees. Parts of the sidewalk next to the creek will be closed during the project, and park users are asked to stay away from machinery for safety reasons. The disc golf course will remain open for public use, however some holes will be temporarily affected. Part of the 3rd and Fairfield parking area also will be designated for the contractor's use.

The second phase, from the parking area at 3rd and Fairfield to I-180, is preliminarily scheduled to start in fall 2016 and finish in spring 2017.

Public Involvement

Open House - Tuesday, December 17, 2013
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Oak Lake Evangelical Free Church, 3300 N. 1st Street
Open House Announcement (63 K) PDF

Project Contacts

  • Ben Higgins, City of Lincoln, Watershed Management

    555 South 10th Street, Suite 203
    Lincoln, NE 68508
    Phone: 402-441-7589

  • Robb Lutz, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.

    221 Sun Valley Blvd, Suite D
    Lincoln, NE 68528
    Phone: 402-476-3766