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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.”


Parks

  • 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.
  • Avoid "high touch" areas including playground structures, swings, and adult exercise equipment because they are not sanitized.
  • High touch areas like playgrounds and have increased measures to reduce high touch surfaces being available. Swings have been removed from frames and wrapped play structures and fitness equipment with construction fencing.
  • Restrooms and drinking fountains in parks and along trails are closed. The Department is reviewing plans for opening of restrooms in Pioneers Park and Holmes Park on weekends beginning in June. On trails, slower walkers should stay to the right to allow runners to pass on the left..
  • 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.
  • All playgrounds in parks and the sprayground in Trago Park will remain closed until guidance from the Center for Disease Control changes.

Program and Meeting Cancellations

  • Adaptive recreation programs and Lincoln Shooting Stars Special Olympics practices
  • Senior Ballroom dancing
  • Adult volleyball and softball leagues
  • 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 May 31
  • Bricks of Honor Dedication Event at the Veterans Memorial Garden, June 13
  • Uncle Sam Jam, July 3 (News Release: May 27, 2020)

Public Pools

Five Public Pools to Open June 15 Press Release: May 22, 2020

Lincoln Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson announced today that five city outdoor pools will open Monday, June 15:

  • Arnold Pool, 4000 NW. 46th Street
  • Ballard Pool, 3901 N. 66th Street
  • Belmont Pool, 12th and Manatt streets
  • Irvingdale Pool, 1900 Van Dorn Street
  • Woods Pool, 33rd and "J" streets

Open swim sessions will be 90 minutes long and scheduled at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Capacities will be determined in part by physical distancing requirements and the city COVID-19 Risk Dial at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov. Signs will be posted when facilities are full.

Those planning to swim will have their temperatures checked, and staff will collect names and phone numbers in case contact tracing is needed. All swimmers will be required to shower in their swimsuits with soap before entering the pool deck. Swimmers will also be expected to wear face coverings while waiting to check in and to stay at least six feet away from others. High touch surfaces around the pool and in the bathhouse will be disinfected between sessions.

Programming offered at the pools will include weekly evening family swim sessions, evening water fitness classes, and possibly learn to swim classes. Details of these programs will be released later in the season. Private pool rentals will not be offered.

Swim and dive clubs will be able to use Woods Pool for conditioning and practice, and the schedule will be posted each morning at the pool. Parks and Recreation are reviewing USA Swimming and Diving recommendations to incorporate with local and state guidelines for operational procedures. Large events like the regional swim meets will not be held.

The four pools that will remain closed are Star City Shores, University Place, Highlands and Eden. The Trago Sprayground will also be closed.

"Outdoor public pools are an important part of summer life in Lincoln. We are pleased and excited to offer water recreation opportunities this summer and are committed to having the experiences be safe and fun," Johnson said.

Nature Center and Recreation Centers

  • 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.
  • Download adjusted Recreation Center hours.

Summer Recreation Programming

  • Parks and Recreation day camps will begin with modified operations consistent with health guidelines on Tuesday, May 26. Nature camp at the Pioneers Park Nature Center will begin with modified operations on Monday, June 1. Registration for summer day camps and nature camp is on weekly basis, and there are a limited number of openings at a few of the day camps. Please contact your local recreation center or the Pioneers Park Nature Center for more information about day camps.

Team Sports

  • Lincoln Team Sports has cancelled all spring programs including NFL Flag Football and Adult Softball. If players have registered, registration fees will be fully refunded.
  • All ballfields are closed until May 31. Do not share equipment with people outside of your household.

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 lincolncitygolf.org/coronavirus/.

Dogs

  • 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.

Reservations

  • Online reservations have been disabled – except for wedding sites.
  • 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.

City of Lincoln COVID-19 information

Enforceable restrictions on public gatherings and business operations will be in effect through May 31. More information is available at covid10.lincoln.ne.gov. 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 UPLNK.lincoln.ne.gov.

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

For more information about COVID-19, visit covid19.lincoln.ne.gov.



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