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The Parks & Recreation Department responds to COVID-19

Enjoy the outdoors safely!

"With school out and more residents working from home, spending time in our parks and on our trails is a great way to get exercise and fresh air and relieve stress,” said Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird. “It’s extremely important now to follow the recommendations of our health professionals any time we are out in the public, and our parks are no exception.”


  • Do not use parks or trails if you are feeling sick.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks or trails.
  • Wear a face covering when in public spaces or when social distancing is not possible at all times.
  • Stay at least six feet from others at all times.
  • Take your own activities and games, water, hand sanitizer, and wipes.
  • Take trash out of the park if possible, and dispose of it properly in a nearby trash bin or at home.
  • Use hand sanitizer when playing or using "high touch" areas including playground structures, swings, picnic tables, and adult exercise equipment because they are not sanitized.
  • Restrooms and drinking fountains in parks and along trails are closed.
  • On trails, slower walkers should stay to the right to allow runners to pass on the left.
  • Trail users should announce before passing others on their left.
  • Stay off your devices or step off the trail to use them.

Program and Meeting Cancellations

  • Adaptive recreation programs and Lincoln Shooting Stars Special Olympics practices
  • Senior Ballroom dancing
  • Hyde Observatory at Holmes Lake
  • Parks and Recreation Community Learning Center programs

Event Cancelations

  • Party in the Parks programs including free fitness classes
  • Special Olympics practices and tournaments have been canceled through June 30

Nature Center and Recreation Centers

  • Air Park West Recreation Center – 3720 N.W. 46th St., 402-441-7876
    No open hours for the summer but center is open for Summer Day Camp programming
  • Belmont Recreation Center – 1234 Judson St., 402-441-6789
    Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Friday 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Sunday Closed
  • Calvert Recreation Center – 4500 Stockwell St., 402-441-8480
    Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Friday 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Saturday Closed
    Sunday Closed
  • Easterday Recreation Center – 6130 Adams St., 402-441-7901
    Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Saturday Closed
    Sunday Closed
  • "F" Street Community Center – 1225 F St., 402-441-7951
    Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Irving Recreation Center – 2010 Van Dorn St., 402-441-7954
    Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
    Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Saturday Closed
    Sunday Closed
  • Pioneers Park Nature Center – 3201 S. Coddington Ave., 402-441-7985
    Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Saturday Closed
    Sunday Closed
  • The Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave., has adjusted the Prairie Building schedule. The facility (north of the road and west of the parking lot) will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and closed Saturdays and Sundays to allow time for small animal care and additional sanitation. Trails and viewing of the bison are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Lincoln City Golf

Lincoln Municipal Golf courses and driving ranges remain open with limits on the numbers of players allowed. For all the changes to golf operations, visit


  • Dogs must remain on leashes unless they are inside enclosed dog runs.
  • Dog waste must be picked up by the owner.
  • Dogs are not allowed within the Pioneers Park Nature Center including trails.

The four dog runs remain open:

  • Mahoney Park Dog Run near 84th and Adams streets
  • Roper Park East Dog Run, N. 7th and Adams streets
  • Rickman's Run, east side of South 70th Street in Holmes Lake Park
  • Stransky Dog Run, Peterson Park, 4419 Southwood Dr.


  • Online facility reservations have been disabled – except for wedding sites. Online ballfield reservations are no longer disabled.
  • Shelters: Rental of park shelters, both open air and enclosed, has been suspended through the remainder of 2020 due to guidance regarding limiting group sizes and reduced seasonal park staffing levels. The Department accepts reservations for park shelter up to a year in advance. Reservations for park shelters are being accepted for 2021.
  • We are requesting for renters to submit a refund request form to receive a full refund, check will be issued within 3 to 5 weeks after the request has been submitted.
  • Special Use events: Have not automatically been cancelled. Organizers are given this opportunity to cancel or postpone.
  • Weddings: Wedding reservations at Public Gardens/Wedding Venues, as long as they follow the current group size limit or less (including Bride, Groom and Officiant) Directed Health Measures.
  • If organizers wish to adjust their gatherings to follow the 10-person restrictions and allow for social distancing, they may contact the department to reserve the facility. For more information, contact 402-441-7847 (option 0).

Activity pages

Some facilities and activities in our parks have been adjusted to meet local and statewide Directed Health Measures, the need for physical distancing, and reducing contact with high touch surfaces. We've made some fun activity pages for your family to enjoy during the summer.

Coloring Contest: August 2020

Print off or save to your phone these coloring pages and get creative! Make sure to tag @LNKparksrec or use #LNKparksrec to be entered to win a prize!

City of Lincoln COVID-19 information

More information is available at Those with questions on the restrictions can call the Health Department at 402-441-6280.

Those who suspect violations should report them to UPLNK either through the phone app or online at

Do not call 911 or law enforcement with questions or to report violations.

For more information about COVID-19, visit

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