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May 3, 2002
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Larry Group, Parks and Recreation, 441-8253
Lori Fiedler, Parks and Recreation, 441-8252

Mayor to Award Self-help Grants
To 18 Neighborhood and Community Groups

Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely and the city Parks and Recreation Department will award grants from the Self-Help Program to 18 neighborhood associations and community groups Thursday, May 9 at the Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable meeting in Room 113 at the County City Building. The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m., and the grants will be awarded at its conclusion about 5:30 p.m.

"Our park system is a source of pride for our entire community," said Mayor Wesely. "The Self-Help Program makes our city funds stretch farther because neighborhood volunteers provide the labor for these projects. The strong interest in the program shows that citizens are interested in improving their parks." Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said more than $75,000 in project requests were submitted for the $45,000 available through the Self-Help Program.

The following groups received Self-Help Program funding for 2002:

Arnold Heights Neighborhood Assn. Playground equipment
Colonial Hills Neighborhood Assn. Playground equipment
Hartley Neighborhood Assn. Basketball goal for Peter Pan Park
Hartley Neighborhood Assn. Playground equipment for Hartley Park
Hawley Area Assn. Bench
Lincoln Select Baseball Irrigation system improvements
Meadowlane Residents Assn. Play Panel
Near South Neighborhood Assn. Replacement fence
North Bottoms Neighborhood Assn. Bench
Northern Lights Neighborhood Assn. Seeding and grading
Porter Ridge Neighborhood Assn. Sidewalk
Roberts Park Bench
Sheridan Tree Project Evergreens
South Salt Creek Neighborhood Assn. Lights and camera
Veterans Memorial Garden Storm sewer drainage improvements
West "A" Neighborhood Assn. Bench
Williamsburg Village Erosion control improvements along trail
Woods Park Neighborhood Assn. Trees

The Self-Help Program is funded through city general tax revenues and is approved by the City Council each year as part of the city budget process. The program typically provides for equipment and materials, and volunteers provide labor. Projects must be constructed on publicly owned property or involve programs available to the general public. The criteria for choosing which projects are funded include locations, neighborhood support for the project and consistency with park plans.

Meetings are held every September to share information about the Self-Help Program and to provide assistance in project planning and funding proposal development. Applications are submitted in October for review and prioritization. Projects are constructed during this spring and summer months.

Neighborhood groups and community organizations interested in developing a project proposal are encouraged to contact Larry Group at the Parks and Recreation Department at 441-8253 to be placed on a contact list for the upcoming 2002 program.

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