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October 22, 2003

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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Terry Genrich, Parks and Recreation, 441-7939

Security Financial Life Insurance Company donates $25,000 to project

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today joined Lancaster County Commissioner Bob Workman and members of the Great Plains Trails Network (GPTN) in kicking off a fund-raising campaign to begin developing a new trail into southwest Lincoln. The Jamaica North Trail will be built on a section of abandoned Union Pacific railroad line from 4th and “J”streets to one-half mile south of Saltillo Road. This corridor was acquired last year by the City for the trail, and GPTN raised $100,000 toward the $605,000 purchase.

GPTN has committed to raise another $280,000 to help fund the development of the southern 6.5 miles of the trail from Saltillo Rd. to Calvert Street. These funds along with $100,000 from Lancaster County are being used as matching funds for a $500,000 federal enhancement grant application. The Jamaica North Trail will be bordered by Wilderness Park, which is owned by Lancaster County and managed by the City of Lincoln.

“We are pleased that the County and City are partnering on this project,” said Mayor Seng. “The Great Plains Trails Network has been and continues to be extremely supportive partner in development of our trails. GPTN’s hard work and financial support over the years are a big reason we are able to enjoy the tremendous system of trails we have in this community. The trails system is the product of one of Lincoln’s best, most successful and most satisfying public-private partnerships.”

Mayor Seng also announced that Security Financial Life Insurance Company has made a major donation of $25,000 toward development of the Jamaica North Trail.

“We are pleased to be making this gift to continue to enhance the trails network for Lincoln because the extensive trails network adds to the uniqueness of Lincoln and significantly adds to the quality of life,” said Tom Henning, President and CEO of Security Financial Life Insurance Company. “This new corridor to southwest Lincoln will give people in that part of the city access to a beautiful natural corridor.”

Lincoln Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said the portion of the trail being developed is very important to the entire trails network. It will connect with the Salt Creek Levee Trail to the Haymarket area, the Bison Trail to Pioneers Park and several neighborhoods including South Salt Creek. As additional phases of the trail are completed, connections will be made to other trails as well as Standing Bear Park, Sherman Field and Sawyer Snell Park. Ultimately, the Jamaica North Trail will connect to the regional Homestead Trail system.

The trail would be made of crushed limestone. Construction could begin early next year and be finished in 2005.

Donations to GPTN can be sent to “Jamaica North Trail,” Nebraska Trails Foundation, 5000 North 7th Street, Lincoln, NE 68521.

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