Wehling Offers Park Update At Town Hall Meeting

NEBRASKA CITY – Parks Commissioner Patrick Wehling gave an overview of park projects at a town hall meeting held Thursday at the Morton-James Public Library. Proposed projects include extended the sea wall at Steinhart Pond and re-establishing field lights at the softball complex.

Wildwood Park
At Wildwood Golf Course, volunteers made repairs and improvements to the clubhouse. Golf Pro Jon Casey described the green complex of the golf course as a piece of art.
Nuckolls Square
Landscaping is planned with junipers.
Kearney Hill
One back stop is considered for replacement and a second backstop may be added.
Two backstops are considered to increase practice fields for baseball and soccer.
New pool hours are from 1 to 8 p.m. Pool deck chairs will be available for rent during the Fourth of July fireworks show.
A new sidewalk will be poured from the Central Avenue sidewalk to the new tennis courts and new fencing is planned around the skateboard park.

There are new dugouts at the small and middle fields and a new scoreboard. There is new fencing around Clemmy Holmes Field and a new foul ball fence near the Aquatic Center.

Wehling said the Nemaha Natural Resources District has awarded a $20,000 grant to help finish the seawall at Steinhart Pond. He said other grants are being sought for the $87,000 project.
Softball complex
A new concession stand will be operational for a 22-team tournament this weekend.
Wehling said one of his top priorities is returning field lighting to the big field. Lighting has not been available since a wind storm knocked down a pole in 2012.
Riverview Nature Park
The 37-acre Riverview Nature Park remains closed to vehicle traffic. Wehling said Riverview Road has become too rough for vehicles to safely pass. He said he will ask the parks advisory committee to consider options that will keep the park accessible.

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