Greetings from District 28!
It’s been a very busy summer here in Legislative District 28, and it has been a real pleasure to attend many events with you. I am especially thrilled that Lincoln is experiencing unprecedented community growth, and the sight of construction cranes on the horizon is exciting!
In June, I attended the Lincoln Parks Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. The Foundation helps support Lincoln’s impressive community-wide parks and recreation system, which includes 125 parks, 128 miles of trails, 10 pools, 7 recreation centers, and 5 public golf courses. Woods Pool, Irvingdale Recreation Center, the Sunken Gardens, Jim Ager Junior Golf Course, Antelope Valley and Taylor Park are just some of the wonderful treasures found in District 28, and the donations and grants citizens generously bequest to the Foundation help keep our community beautiful.
I was fortunate to take a tour of the new Pinnacle Bank Haymarket Arena with other Lincoln-area Senators. The 16,000-seat facility will be distributed over approximately 450,000 square feet on four concourse levels. It will feature the University of Nebraska men’s and women’s basketball teams as anchor tenants, and will host other national acts as they tour the nation. As the author of legislation aimed at arena financing, I’m proud to be a part of this amazing economic development.
Later in the summer, I was pleased to be present at the groundbreaking ceremonies of Canopy Street, the West Haymarket expansion project. Canopy Street will include 8 blocks of retail, condos, hotels, festival space and pedestrian walkways. The development includes nearly $500 million of public and private investment to complement the Pinnacle Bank Haymarket Arena. During the last session, I was pleased to support a bill which authorized “entertainment district” designation of this area for future, flexible mixed-use purposes.
I joined my neighbors and we participated in Streets Alive! – an event sponsored by HealthyLincoln.org to promote healthful living. Our friends walked, biked, skateboarded and uni-cycled their way through core of our district to share the streets in movement. I was pleased to see thousands of Lincolnites take advantage of a blue-sky Sunday to show that community involvement is important to us.
Later in September, I attended the Grand Opening Ceremonies of Lincoln’s new Union Plaza. The Plaza is a 6-acre urban park designed to attract community events, artists, musicians, hikers, bikers and families. The Plaza is part of the Antelope Valley restoration project. The Jayne Snyder Trails Center was dedicated to the memory of my late friend and City Councilwoman, Jayne Snyder, who was committed to a safer, greener Lincoln for all of us.
It’s been a wonderful – hot! – summer here in Lincoln, and I’m glad I could participate with citizens in events that make our community great. As we head into fall, please be assured that I will continue to work hard to promote Lincoln’s potential and protect our interests.
I hope to see you at an upcoming Husker homegame!