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June 11, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Kim Hachiya, UNL, 472-8844
Mike Mascoe, Lower Platte South NRD, 476-2729

Public Invited To Park Dedication

Mayor Coleen J. Seng and the Antelope Valley Partners invite the public to the dedication of the new Fleming Fields Recreational Sports Park at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 24 at 32nd Street and Leighton Avenue. Parking is available at 33rd Street and Huntington Avenue. The 29.5-acre park is part of the neighborhood revitalization portion of the Antelope Valley Project.

The park was the first of the Antelope Valley Phase One Priority Projects. Construction on the park began two years ago with a tree planting by the three Antelope Valley partners -- the City of Lincoln, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District.

The park includes four lighted softball and youth baseball fields; a lighted multi-use sports field; the new Woodside Playground; and about 355 off-street parking stalls. Part of the Dietrich Trail has been relocated, and the lighting has been improved. About 400 new trees have been planted. A multi-purpose play court is also planned.

A grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund helped to build the new playing fields. The Fund is a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to promote and enhance the growth of baseball throughout the world.

The Phase One Priority Projects are scheduled to be completed over a six- to ten-year period. Work has been completed on the Antelope Creek waterway from Salt Creek to the railroad tracks along the west side of the Devaney Sports Center. Work is under way on new roadways and bridges over Antelope Creek at Military, Y and Vine streets. The project includes the construction of 12 bridges and 6.2 miles of new roadway. Public investments in reducing the flooding threat and traffic congestion will attract private investments in housing, retail and office developments and community centers.

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