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About the park

Wilderness Park is the largest city park at 1,472-acres located in southwest Lincoln, Nebraska. There are many separate branches of the park, some separated by roads including prominently S 14th St, a north-south street which dissects much of the south end of the park. The park is heavily wooded, but also includes some prairieland. Streams like the Beal Slough, a primary tributary to Salt Creek, pass through Wilderness Park.

Wilderness Park features a vast network of walking trails, single-track biking trails, and horse trails. Each trail type is denoted by signs along the trails. The hiking trail was designated part of the National Recreation Trails Program in 1977. The crushed limestone 6.5-mile Jamaica North Trail is mostly located within the park. South of Saltillo Rd, Jamaica North connects to the Homestead Trail corridor, which as of July 2012 reaches to Beatrice, Nebraska, and will ultimately extend to Marysville, Kansas.

Trail closures due to recent flooding - updated 9/29/15

Due to changes in the course of Salt Creek, erosion of stream banks, as well as debris and downed trees, all due to flooding this spring, trails are closed south of Pioneers Blvd. With the help of volunteers, an assessment of repair needs has been conducted and a plan to prioritize recovery work is being initiated. Public input is being solicited to prioritize Recovery Zones and open the park up in a phased manner. This process could take several months. The Friends of Wilderness Park will be the primary coordinator for volunteer activities associated with recovery.

Wilderness Park Storm Recovery Prioritization - Fall 2015

The Parks and Recreation Department would like to have the input of the community in prioritizing recovery zones so the order of recovery reflects the priorities of the community. The public is invited to an online discussion through MySidewalk, an update to the City’s MindMixer public engagement tool. At lincoln.mysidewalk.com, residents can engage with each other on the priorities of the Wilderness Park recovery effort. The information received through MySidewalk and other community input will be used to further develop a recovery plan.
Join the conversation at mysidewalk.com and then search for Wilderness Park Storm Recovery Prioritization to take a five question survey and share you priorities for recovery.

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O (green) is indicated for open areas of the park which are currently open to the public.

  • A – Red-orange – this is the area of the park from Pioneers Blvd south to pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Salt Creek, east side of the creek and including Bike and Hike trails
  • B – Magenta – this is the area south of Pioneers Blvd to Old Cheney Road, west of Salt Creek and including Bike and Equestrian trails
  • C – Yellow – this is the area north of Old Cheney Road, east side of Salt Creek including a Hike loop and Bike trail connection
  • D – Green – this is the area from Old Cheney Road to South 14th and Rokeby Road, west of the creek and including Bike and Equestrian trails
  • E – Turquoise – this is the area south of Old Cheney Road to about Yankee Hill Road, east side of the creek and including Hike and Bike trails
  • F – Blue – this the area south of about Yankee Hill Road to S 14th Street, east of Salt Creek and including Hike trails
  • G – Pink – this is the area east of 14th Street to just south of Rokeby Road, east side of Salt Creek and including Equestrian trails
  • H – Orange – this is the area east of 14th Street to just south of Rokeby Road, west side of Salt Creek and including a Hike/Bike trail
  • I – Grey - this is the area north of Saltillo Road, east of Salt Creek and including a Hike/Bike trail loop

If you do not want to join MySidewalk and wish to give your input, please contact Sara Hartzell at 401-441-8261 or shartzell@lincoln.ne.gov. If you would like to contact the Friends of Wilderness Park regarding upcoming volunteer opportunities they can be reached at friendsofwildernessparkne@yahoo.com

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