The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department and the Lincoln Parks Foundation invite the public to celebrate the improvements at Bishop Heights Park at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 22 at 30th Street and Prescott Avenue.
The improvements include a four-person seesaw and four new trees. Fundraising for the project was led by eight-year-old Simon Brockmeier who lives near the park. When outdated playground equipment was removed in fall 2017, Simon sent a letter to Lynn Johnson, Parks and Recreation Director, asking if he could help raise money for new equipment. With support from adjacent neighborhood associations, the Lincoln Parks Foundation mini-grant program, and many generous donors, Simon raised over $2,500.
"Bishop Heights Park will forever be changed by this young man," said Mayor Chris Beutler. "He represents the best of Lincoln and the future of Lincoln."
"Anyone who meets Simon is inspired to make a difference," said Maggie Stuckey, Executive Director of the Lincoln Parks Foundation. "We wish there was a 'Simon' for every park in Lincoln."