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Event Overview

Union Plaza is Lincoln's newest destination attraction and the first of its kind six acre urban park that 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 invites the community, generous donors, local VIPs and one and all to help us 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.

Please help us celebrate this beautiful new public space and all it has to offer for recreation and economic development on September 13, 2012.

Learn more about the Union Plaza Design Concept

An Update for Timeless Tile Donors

Children's Discovery Quest Hosted by Union Bank

Our fantastic friends at Union Bank are working to create and manage a Union Plaza treasure hunt filled with fun activities for children and the whole family. Explore the unique offerings of Union Plaza with fun and educational activity stations along the way. Qualify to win fantastic prizes from local merchants.

Families will enjoy the musical stylings of Lincoln's own Mike Mennard and Shades the Clown will be on hand to perform & make balloon animals too!

Discovery Quest Sponsors: Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln Arts Council, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Lincoln Children's Zoo, Nebraska History Museum/Historical Society, Ground Water Foundation, Ideal/Leon's Gourmet Grocers, 911 Dispatch, Pioneers Park Nature Center

Event Partners: Lower Platte South NRD, Community Health Endowment

Prize Donors: Lincoln Children's Zoo, Lost in Fun, Juice Stop,  Adventure Golf , Bike Rack, Lincoln Running Company, Lincoln Parks Foundation

Event Timeline, Program & Entertainment

10:00 am Press Conference, Ribbon Cutting, Fountain Display

4:30 pm-6:00 pm VIP Reception hosted by Assurity & the Lincoln Parks Foundation at the Assurity Center. (Invitation only. Dress code Business/Business Casual.).

5:00 pm to 7:30 pm Union Plaza Grand Opening Celebration! Children's Discovery Quest Opens. Community celebration is free and open to the public. Antelope Valley displays available for viewing at the Jayne Snyder Trails Center.

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Pangea  a local steel drum band made up of 18 Lincoln High Students will play Caribbean influenced music at the
 Dickinson Dinsmore Graf Amphitheater.

6:30 pm Program Speakers, performance by local choral groups, community sing along, and a special surprise performance. Musical groups include Sheridan Elementary, Union College, College View Academy, Southeast Community College, 1st Presbyterian, 1st Plymouth, and Lincoln High School. Coordinated and conducted by Dan Lynn & Beth Thacker at the Dickinson Dinsmore Graf Amphitheater.

7:00 to 7:30 pm Zanzoa a local jazz quartet with contemporary grooves will perform at the Dickinson Dinsmore Graf Amphitheater.

Union Plaza Event Map & Discovery Quest Map

Union Plaza Map Download!

Union Plaza Event Bus Routes!

Guests are encouraged to ride their bikes to the event and to enjoy the convenience of 'bike corrals' to secure your ride during the fun! There will be two supervised bike corrals, one at 21st and O Street and one north of 21st and Q Street.

There are very limited parking options on the streets surrounding Union Plaza during these events. Guests are encouraged to park offsite and utlize free Star Tran Shuttle Bus Service: 

Run time: 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Pick-up & Drop off:

Union Plaza -- 21st & Q Street 

Remote Parking with Shuttle Service:

Lincoln High parking lot

Lincoln Children's Zoo parking lot

Lewis Fields parking lot

Elliott School parking lot

Street Closures:

21st closed from O Street to Q Street

P Street closed 21st to 22nd 

Food Vendors

Offerings from snacks to dinner will be available for purchase from local food vendors that typically exhibit at Jazz in June and the Haymarket Farmers Market. Lincoln's cool new food trucks might be making an appearance too. Confirmed food vendors include:

Gup Kitchen, Heoya, Fazoli's Italian Restaurant, Great Harvest Bread Company, Manila Bay Pilipino Cuisine, Rolling Fire Pizza, A Cut Above the Rest Catering, P.J. Babycakes, and Golden Kernel Kettle Corn.

Water provided by the Lower Platte South NRD- thank you!
Cookies provided by the Great Plains Trails Network- thank you!

Volunteer Check In, Contact Information & Event Organizer

The volunteer check in and general information booth will be stationed outside the Jayne Snyder Trails Center at 21st & Q Streets. Event volunteers will be issued green tshirts.  Event staff will be wearing bright green tshirts.

If you are interested in acting as a sponsor, a vendor, or just need more information please contact the Lincoln Parks & Recreation Department at 402-441-7847 or event organizer Linda Hubka at linda_hubka@hotmail.com or 402-488-0968.

How can I support Union Plaza & Lincoln Parks?

Private support is essential. Please consider making a charitable gift in support of Union Plaza and the 125+ parks and 128+ miles of trails that comprise our award winning parks and recreation system. We have programs designed to accommodate all those who wish to provide support. Our donors are diverse in background and philosophy and gifts span from $1.00 to $1 million dollars.

Please consider a planned gift, a tribute gift for that special someone, or a memorial to create a lasting loving legacy. More information at Lincoln parks-contribute or by phone 402-441-8258.
2740 A Street, Box 201, Lincoln, NE 68502 - (402) 441-8258