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Supported by a grant from the Lincoln Parks Foundation
10.12.13 Boy Scouts Help Lend Green to Pioneers Park

Pioneers Park gained nearly a thousand new residents for the weekend, and 300 of them -- those of the coniferous and deciduous type -- will stay permanently.Spruces, firs, maples and elms popped up around the park, as did Coleman and Cabela's tents and green-clad Boy Scouts.

More than 600 scouts and adult volunteers from around southeast Nebraska camped, played games and planted trees for the Cornhusker Council's largest service project yet, called The Big Idea.The 300 trees will go a long way toward replacing more than 500 that died in last year's drought. Most of those were mature white pines, about 20 to 40 years old.

The Cornhusker Council collaborated with the city and its community and business leaders, receiving funding for the new trees with a grant from the Lincoln Parks Foundation. 

"It's a way for scouting to showcase what we do in a way that's cool and vibrant to the community," said Jerad Reimers, district director for the Cornhusker Council.

Parks Director Lynn Johnson said the need to replant trees and the availability of hundreds of helping hands made the project a fit.

Read the Full Story in the Lincoln Journal Star

Kevin Heim at Woods Tennis Center-Taking the Game to the Community
10.10.13 Woods Tennis Center Gets Initial Thumbs Up

A $5 million fundraising campaign to expand the Woods Tennis Center likely will begin after getting a positive recommendation from the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

The funds would pay to replace the two tennis bubbles at Woods Park, 33rd and J streets, with better facilities. The bubbles are old and need to be replaced.Instead of getting new bubbles, a $4.3 million permanent building would be built on the footprint of the west bubble.The new building would have seven courts initially, with the ability to expand to 10 indoor courts later on. It also would have more office and storage space.The east bubble would be taken down after completion of the building, turning those three indoor courts into outdoor courts to accompany nine already-established outdoor courts....

The Lincoln Parks Foundation would serve as the fundraiser.The $5 million fundraiser includes $4.3 million for the building and most of a $760,000 endowment fund for facility maintenance. Some tennis center revenue -- $120,000 -- would account for a portion of the fund, as well.

Read the Full Story in the Lincoln Journal Star

Reach Jordan Pascale at 402-473-7120, jpascale@journalstar.com or follow him on Twitter: @LJSPascale.

6.21.13 Lincoln Parks Foundation 2nd out of 253 Local Charities on Give to Lincoln Day!

Donors gave, Mayor Chris Beutler did the Harlem Shake, the money has been counted and this week the nonprofits picked up their checks.Give To Lincoln Day 2013 is officially over.

Although the donors gave money back in May, many nonprofits just now are learning how much money they received from the 24-hour charity event. The grand total of $2.1 million remains the same, but offline donations changed individual nonprofit totals.The nonprofits had to anxiously await the final result for weeks as the Lincoln Community Foundation tallied offline donations -- those made in person rather than online.

Read the Full Story in the Lincoln Journal Star

Spring Flowers at Witherbee Park Funded by Mini Grant Program
6.18.13 Lincoln Parks Foundation Announces $5000 for Local Parks with Mini Grant Program

The Lincoln Parks Foundation is pleased to present the third annual round of Neighborhood Park Mini Grants. Mini grants were developed in 2011 and are designed for neighborhood associations, service clubs, youth groups, and other individuals and groups who want to improve their favorite stretch of trail or their favorite neighborhood park. Awards will be distributed until program resources are depleted.

Successful applications in recent years have funded volunteers at Rudge park for gasoline to mow the park, spring bulbs for Witherbee park, eighty seven grants to replant street trees damaged by storms, free yoga in Antelope park, a walking trail at Kooser elementary, public art at Jan Pitsch Green, and support facilities for Herbert park. "Mini grants help to leverage tax payer dollars and provide for that little something extra beyond what the city budget can cover," Lynn Johnson, Director Lincoln Parks & Recreation Department.

Read the Full Story in the Neighborhood Extra

Nebraska artist Sondra Jonson with Jan's Emma
4.21.13 Jan's Emma Dedicated At Jan Pitsch Green

Story from the McCook Daily Gazette

About 40 people gathered on Sunday afternoon, April 21, at the new "Jan Pitsch Green" in Lincoln for the dedication of a life-size bronze sculpture by Cambridge artist Sondra L. Jonson. The 4 ft. long, 100 pound bronze is a portrait of "Emma," the late Jan Pitsch's pedigree standard poodle. Ms. Pitsch was honored by the Lincoln Parks Foundation with this park named in her honor for the countless volunteer hours she gave in keeping Sheridan Avenue beautiful. The park is located on the south side of Sheridan near 37th St."Emma" now watches the eastbound traffic on Sheridan from her relaxed position by the new park bench and plantings on the Green. Jonson worked with the Lincoln Parks Foundation and the real "Emma" as a model. This is not the first time Jonson has sculpted a portrait honoring volunteers. Her bronze of Annie Morse graces McCook's Community Hospital, and her portrait of a Boston Terrier enhances Stransky Park in Lincoln.

Nebraska native Glenn Korff
4.19.13 Centennial Mall Campaign Announces Monumental Gift

Nebraska's Centennial Mall reached a milestone in a four-year fund-raising effort with the announcement of a historic $2 million gift from a Nebraska native. The donation from Glenn Korff of Boulder, Colorado is the largest amount ever given to the Lincoln parks system. The gift will allow final construction to begin this summer on the seven-block Mall that connects the State Capitol with the University of Nebraska. With the campaign reaching its $9.6 million initial goal, the project will be completed in spring 2015 in time for the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2017. The $9.6 million includes construction costs and a $1.5 million endowment.

Korff was raised in Hebron and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. After earning an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania, Korff worked for Salomon Brothers from 1969 to 1974 and for Goldman Sachs from 1974 to 1992 in New York City. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1967 to 1973 and was cited as a military honor graduate on completion of his active duty. Since 1992, Korff has been semi-retired, managing Korff Holdings, a personal investment company. He is a fourth-generation Nebraskan.

"I am very grateful to have the opportunity to make this gift," Korff said. "This is a project that sells itself. The renovation of the Centennial Mall will benefit the State of Nebraska, the City of Lincoln and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus for generations to come. I am happy to be a part of it."

Read the full Media Release

Campaign Reaches $9.6 Million Goal Omaha World Herald

$2 Million Gift Allows Mall to Move Forward Lincoln Journal

Nebraska Native Donates $2 Million Channel 7 KETV
Nebraska Native Donates $2 Million to Lincoln Project Scottsbluff Star Herald
A Mall Gift To Remember Lincoln Journal Star Editorial
Event Photo Album

4.17.13 Sherman Field at Sampson Park Grand Opening & Dedication

Take Me Out To the Ballgame! Please join special guests, donors, supporters, and fans at historic Sherman Field (2nd & South Streets) to celebrate the completion of our $2.2 million capital campaign. Media event and dedication ceremonies commence at 4:00 pm, ceremonial first pitch by Mayor Beutler at 4:50 pm, and LPS Varsity game at 5:00 pm. Free admission!  Light snacks provided by the Lincoln Parks Foundation. For more information please call 402-441-8258

Event Photo Album
Lincoln Journal Star Photo Gallery
Sherman Field Dedication-Lincoln Journal Star
10/11 Sports-Community Celebrates Sherman Field

$2 for Trees Sponsors
3.14.13 Mayor Thanks Lincoln's Support For $2 for Trees & Lincoln Cares

Mayor Chris Beutler thanked Lincoln residents who donate $12 a year to help out an assortment of programs during a Thursday news conference.

Water customers add $2 to their bi-monthly water bills through the 2 for Trees program, which raised about $110,000 in its first year to help plant and maintain city trees.

Read the Full Story in the Lincoln Journal Star

Read Mayor Beutler's Media Release

Renovation Plans for Nebraska's Centennial Mall
3.1. 13 Lincoln Journal Star - Nebraska's Centennial Mall Will Be High Tech By 2017

Fourth-graders on field trips to the Capitol will get a new interactive, educational opportunity along the renovated Centennial Mall's "Spirit of Nebraska" pathway.

They'll be able to scan QR codes -- the square-shaped pixelated designs -- on plaques about industries, important figures and historical sites in Nebraska history that will line the mall, and more on the topics will pop up on their smartphones and tablets.

Read the Full Story

LJS Editorial

Daily Nebraskan

The community turns out to the official public Grand Opening Celebration for Union Plaza 9/13/12
9.13.12 Union Plaza Grand Opening Celebration News & Photos

Thank you Lincoln!  On September 13, 2012 Lincoln turned out in force to celebrate the Grand Opening of Lincoln's newest destination attraction and the first of its kind six acre urban park-Union Plaza. Union Plaza is located north of "O" Street between 21st and 22nd Streets in the heart of central Lincoln. Union Plaza is named in honor of our generous lead donor, Union Bank.

The City of Lincoln, Union Bank, and the Lincoln Parks Foundation joined with the community, 500+ generous donors, and local VIPs to celebrate the success of Union Plaza. The $4.75 million fundraising campaign was managed by the Lincoln Parks Foundation. A special thanks to our campaign co-chairs Beatrice Seacrest, Patty Pansing Brooks, TJ McDowell, and Roger Larson.

We hope you enjoy this sampling of the news coverage regarding this fun filled and historic day.
Hundreds Swarm Union Plaza Grand Opening-Lincoln Journal Star
Union Plaza Grand Opening (News Conference) - Channel 5 City TV
Mayor Thanks Union Bank & Other Park Donors-10/11 News
Union Plaza Grand Opening (Photo Album-Union Bank & Trust Facebook page)
Lincoln Dedicates Park- Omaha World Herald
Union Park Advertised as Lincoln's Central Park-Lincoln Journal  Star
Festivities Planned For Union Plaza-Lincoln Journal Star
Antelope Valley Project Complete-10/11 News

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