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2004 Media Releases

October 20, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Terry Genrich, Parks and Recreation Dept., 441-7939

Public Invited to Dedication of Rock Island Trail Project

Mayor Coleen J. Seng and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invite the public to the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony of a new section of the Rock Island Trail at 4 p.m. Friday, October 22, 2004 at the west end of Densmore Park near the ballfields where the trail enters the park.

Those attending the event are encouraged to walk, bike or skate to the event. Walkers should meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Bess Dodson Walt Branch Library, 6701 South 14th Street. Bikers and skaters should meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Rock Island Trail Junction at 27th and Highway 2. Parking also will be available at Densmore Park. If the weather is bad, the event will move inside the Walt Branch Library.

The project included the addition of 1.25 miles of new trail work and a new bridge over South 14th, providing important connections in the trails network. The new section continues the Rock Island Trail south from Old Cheney Road through Densmore Park, connecting with the 14th Street Trail leading to Lincoln Southwest High School. The 14th Street Trail connects with the Southridge Trail which runs east to Scott Middle School and the Tierra/Williamsburg Trail. The north-bound Tierra/Williamsburg Trail connects back to the Rock Island Trail at 27th and Highway 2.

The Rock Island trail additions and bridge were funded with $760,000 from the bond issue passed in 1998 for the two new branch libraries (Walt and Eiseley at 1530 Superior) and the two new parks (Densmore and Keech at 14th and Superior).

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