City of Lincoln  
City of Lincoln
Mayor's Office

Media Release


November 5, 2003

For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Lynn Johnson, Parks and Recreation Department, 441-8265
Susan Larson Rodenburg, Parks and Recreation Foundation, 421-1401 or 440-3227

“One Flower Forever” and “Paving the Path” offer new ways to donate

Mayor Coleen J. Seng and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Foundation today announced two new programs offering citizens a way to contribute to the Sunken Gardens renovation project by honoring a friend, loved one or special event. Launched in May, “Polishing the Gem: Preserving Our National Treasure” will fund the first major renovation of the Gardens in its 73-year history. Since then, $1.42 million has been raised. The new programs announced today are “One Flower Forever” and “Paving the Path.”

“Lincoln thanks everyone who has supported this public-private partnership and contributed money toward this important campaign,” said Mayor Seng. “Through these new programs, we give donors an opportunity to become part of the future of the Sunken Gardens. These programs will help us raise $280,000 to reach our goal. After the capital campaign is completed, the funds from these two new programs will be used to establish an endowment for ongoing operations and maintenance of the Gardens which are truly a local and national gem.”

For a one-time donation of $100, “One Flower Forever” will fund the purchase, planting and maintenance of one flower each year in the name of the honoree. About 28,000 annuals are planted at the Sunken Gardens each year. Through “Paving the Path,” a contribution of $250 will buy an inscribed brick of standard size (four inches by eight inches) to be placed in the Sunken Gardens. For $750, an inscribed brick of a larger size (eight inches by eight inches) will be placed in the pathways of the newly renovated gardens.

“To many, the Sunken Gardens is a place where they went for a first date, proposed marriage or strolled about with a loved one,” said Tom Woods, Chair of the “One Flower Forever” and “Paving the Path” programs. “To others, it’s a landmark that they purposely ride or drive past on the way to work. With that in mind, we hope that many will consider helping us with these two new, exciting programs. Both are ways to renovate the Garden’s infrastructure and preserve its existence for future generations to enjoy.”

“The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Foundation is very happy to offer ‘One Flower Forever’ and ‘Paving the Path,’” said Foundation President Clancy Woolman. “Donations large and small have been the ongoing inspiration for this campaign. These are two programs that will allow everyone to participate and help us reach our goal.”

The renovation of the Gardens will include a new handicapped-accessible entrance, a restored cascading water feature, restrooms, maintenance storage, renovated lily pools, an automated irrigation system, lighting, an entry pavilion and new sculptural elements.

Co-chairing the overall renovation campaign for the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Foundation are Mike Seacrest and Roger and JeNeane Dodson. The Foundation hopes to reach its fund-raising goal in the next few months. The Gardens will be under construction in 2004 and reopen in the spring of 2005.

Brochures explaining the “One Flower Forever” and “Paving the Path” programs can be ordered by calling 441-8252 and are available at the following locations:

  • TierOne Banks
  • Pinnacle Banks
  • Union Banks • Campbell’s Nursery and Garden Centers
  • Finke Gardens and Nursery
  • the Lincoln Parks and Recreation office
  • KFOR Radio

More information is available on the campaign web site, Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to the Sunken Gardens, Lincoln Parks and Recreation Foundation, 2740 “A” Street, Lincoln, NE 68502.

Major corporate and foundation donors to the campaign at this point are the J.C. Seacrest Trust; Rotary International (Downtown and East); the Winnett Trust; the Ameritas Charitable Foundation; Campbell Nurseries; the Rogers Foundation; Union Bank; the Abel Foundation; the TierOne Bank Foundation; US Bank; the Pegler Foundation; and the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway. The City has committed $100,000 in funds from the Capital Improvement Program each year for two years.

Mayor's Office 2003 Media Releases