Mayor Chris Beutler, the Lincoln Parks Foundation and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invite the public to celebrate the three new fountains along the revitalized Nebraska Centennial Mall Tuesday, May 24. The free event from 5 to 7 p.m. begins at the Capitol Fountain near “K” Street, moves to the Missouri River Fountain between “L” and “M” streets, and ends at the Imagination to Innovation Fountain just north of “P” Street.
“We are so excited to invite everyone to join us for the inaugural ‘turning on’ of the new fountains on Nebraska’s Centennial Mall,” said Mayor Chris Beutler. “After so many years, it will be absolutely wonderful to see this Mall, a tribute to our statehood and heritage, come alive once again.”
Mayor Beutler will welcome the crowd at the Capitol Fountain, and music will be provided by the Lincoln Boys Choir and the Lincoln Southwest High School Pep Band. Activities at the Missouri River Fountain include a performance by Wo-Xete-Hire Native American Dance Troupe and remarks by Campaign Leader Mary Arth and Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs Director Judi gaiashkibos. Activities at the Imagination to Innovation Fountain include remarks by Campaign Leader and State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks and NU Regent Tim Clare as well as music by PANgea. This site will also feature games provided by Lincoln Children’s Museum as well as food trucks.
Originally constructed in 1967 to commemorate Nebraska’s centennial, the Mall had fallen into disrepair, was unsafe and needed to be rebuilt. Three of the original fountains were decommissioned by 2003, and the fountain north of “K” Street was turned off in 2014.
The Lincoln Parks Foundation led a successful $9.6 million fundraising campaign, and phased construction of the revitalization project began in 2012. A total of 130 donors from across the State supported the campaign, which included a $1.5 million endowment.
In addition to the three main fountain and plaza areas, the seven-block revitalized Mall includes durable accessible walkways, historical and educational information, an art alcove and flexible festival space to accommodate a wide variety of activities and uses. The design was developed by the team of The Clark Enersen Partners, Bahr Vermeer Haecker, Olsson Associates and Tom Laging. The plan was approved by Nebraska Capitol Commission, which is chaired by the Governor, as well as the Capitol Environs Commission.
A special donor recognition event will be planned for later this fall. Commemorative tiles honoring Nebraska leaders, families, businesses and landmarks will be placed along the Spirit of Nebraska Pathway over the next several months, according to Christie Dionisopoulos, Executive Director of the Lincoln Parks Foundation.
For more information about the Lincoln Parks Foundation or Nebraska’s Centennial Mall, visit LincolnParks.org or call 402-441-8258.