Summer offers new opportunities for outdoor fun

By: Mandy Walker Special to The News Messenger
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Plan to get out this summer and enjoy the weather. This summer provides a chance to explore Lincoln and try new things. Explore one of Lincoln's parks. With many parks and growing, Lincoln parks offer opportunities to picnic, play sports or burn off energy on play structures. For a list of all parks, go online at Take a walk or ride your bike on the city's bike trails. The city has numerous miles of trails to take advantage during cool evenings or on Spare the Air days. Attend the Fourth of July Festival on Friday, July 4 at McBean Park. Begin your day with a pancake breakfast and the Annual Fourth of July Parade. Stay all afternoon and eat great food, listen to fantastic bands and have your kids participate in the Kids Zone. End the day with a spectacular display of fireworks. Cool off at McBean Pool. McBean Pool opens June 9. Children can learn to swim and participate in the Lincoln Lightning Swim Team. Adults can lap swim, take a water aerobics class or an adult swim class. All ages can attend recreational swim or family swim times. Participate in one of our many summer programs. Our Summer Recreation Guide is full of great programs for people of all ages. The guide will hit mailboxes at the end of April or you can check out what we have to offer online beginning April 14 at Don't forget you can register online for all programs, including aquatics. For more information about above mentioned programs or any other program, call the City of Lincoln Recreation Department at 645-5298, stop by the office at 2010 First Street or visit us online at Mandy Walker is the assistant director of recreation for the city of Lincoln.