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August 23, 2018
For More Information Contact:
Sara Hartzell, Park Planner, 402-441-8261
Doug Holle, Engineer, Schemmer Associates, 402-488-2500

Open House Set for Murdock Trail Project

City testing dual-surface trail

The public is invited to an open house Thursday, August 30 on the renovation of Murdock Trail between N. 56th and N. 70th streets. The event is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Easterday Recreation Center, 6130 Adams Street. City staff and contractors will be available to discuss the project. No formal presentation is planned.

The project will replace the existing 8-foot limestone trail with a 9-foot concrete trail and an adjacent 5-foot limestone side path. The work is scheduled to begin in early September.

"This will be the first dual-surface trail in Lincoln," said Sara Hartzell, a Planner with the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. "Many runners prefer the limestone chip trails, but we are unable to remove snow from them, and they can become unstable in wet weather. Similar trails are used in Kearney and in other parts of the country. If this initial test on the Murdock Trail is successful, this model could be used to expand capacity on other trails in the future."

Hartzell said the Murdock Trail renovation has been a priority for Lincoln Parks and Recreation, the Great Plans Trails Network (GPTN) and the Lincoln Track Club (LTC) for several years. Much of the cost of this project is being covered by private donations to GPTN and LTC as well as matching funds from the Jayne Snyder Fund.

For more information on the project, contact Hartzell at 402-441-8261 or, or contact Doug Holle, Schemmer Associates, at 402-488-2500 or More information on Parks and Recreation is available at

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