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September 8, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Stacey Ault, Parks and Recreation, 441-3084

Mayor to Honor Woods Park Donors

Mayor Coleen J. Seng will honor donors to the "Park-it-at-Woods" Campaign at a luncheon beginning at noon Thursday, September 9 at the newly renovated Woods Tennis Center in Woods Park near 32nd and "J" streets. Also attending the luncheon will be sculptor George Lundeen of Loveland, Colorado, a Hastings native who created two new sculptures for the park.

The Woods Park project began in 1992 with the development of a master plan. The Lincoln Tennis Association initiated the "Park-it-at-Woods" fund-raising campaign, with leadership from Sandy Hilsabeck and Marg Donlan. The campaign resulted in a public-private partnership, which raised more than $1.3 million for the project.

"I want to commend the Lincoln Tennis Association for focusing on the whole park and not just on the tennis facilities," said Mayor Seng. "Because of its leadership and the generosity of many donors, Woods Park is once again a showplace in the heart of our community."

Park improvements include a handicapped-accessible playground, six sculptures along a new walking path and an interactive "sprayground" to replace the aged wading pool. Tennis Center improvements include a new handicapped-accessible clubhouse, three outdoor tennis courts and a new landscaped entrance walk and plaza.

A citizens advisory committee is now updating the 1992 master plan to incorporate the recent improvements and possible future improvements to the 47-acre park.

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