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2004 Media Releases

March 10, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
J.J. Yost, Parks and Recreation, 441-8255

Self-Help Grants Awarded to 22 Groups

Lincoln Mayor Coleen J. Seng and the City Parks and Recreation Department will award Self-Help grants to 22 neighborhood associations and community organizations Thursday, March 11 during the Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable meeting beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Room 113 at the County-City Building, 555 South 10th.

"The Self-Help Program has had a major positive impact on our community's parks," said Mayor Seng. "Thanks to the donated labor volunteers provide for these projects, the City funds stretch further to do more. The program also gives builds neighborhood involvement and pride."

"We are pleased with the ongoing interest and support in improving Lincoln's parks," said Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson. "Over $84,000 in project requests were submitted for the $45,000 available through the Self-Help Program."

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. 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 location, neighborhood support for the project and consistency with park plans.

The following groups will receive Self-Help Program funding for 2004:

  • Colonial Hills Neighborhood Association - three shade trees for Colonial Hills Park
  • East Campus Community Organization - water source development and swings for McAdams Park
  • Edenton South - ten trees for Edenton South Park
  • Everett Neighborhood Association - ten shade trees for the area bordered by South, "H," 9th and 13th streets
  • Far South Neighborhood Association - three shade trees for Densmore Park
  • Friends and Family of Pansing Park - one set of soccer goals for Pansing Park
  • Friends of the Dog Parks - informational kiosks for Rickman's Run and Oak Lake Dog Run
  • Hawley Area Neighborhood Association - bench for McWilliams Park
  • Irvingdale Neighborhood Association - funding for spring gala for Stransky Park
  • Lincoln Horseshoe Club - additional bench for University Place Park
  • Meadow Lane Area Residents Association - replace and add trees in Herbert Park
  • Near South Neighborhood Association - new plantings for Breta Park and a trash receptacle for the 19th and "A" Park
  • Pinewood Bowl, Inc. - master planning services for Pinewood Bowl at Pioneers Park
  • Salt Valley Neighborhood Association - spring animal toy and E-Z digger for Filbert Park
  • Sheridan Boulevard Tree Project -replace and add trees on islands on Sheridan Boulevard
  • South Salt Creek Neighborhood Association - construction for Park Middle School Teen Center
  • Star City BMX - new shelter at Mahoney Park
  • Veterans Memorial Garden Advisory Committee - support for brick index
  • Wachiska Audubon Society - installation of a scope at Pioneers Park Nature Center
  • West "A" Neighborhood Association - picnic table and E-Z digger for Coddington and West "A" Park

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