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Autumn Picnic at Union Plaza amidst the Native Wildflowers
"Pollinator Places in our Public Spaces"

With Mark Canney, Park Planner and Designer, Lincoln Parks and Recreation

6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 14
Jayne Snyder Trails Center
Union Plaza, 228 North 21st Street

Join us for a potluck picnic on Thursday, September 14, at the Jayne Snyder Trails Center at Union Plaza, 228 North 21st Street between “P” and “Q” streets in Lincoln (just east of the downtown business area). We’ll gather at 6:00 p.m. where our potluck food will be set up indoors. Participants can either eat indoors where it’s air-conditioned or outside among the native plants. While this is going to be open to the public, we ask everyone coming to bring 1-2 food items to share with all those present. Cold drinks, water, and coffee will be provided as long as you bring your own table service, including cups for hot or cold drinks, plates, silverware. Restrooms are in this building.

About 7:15 p.m. Mark Canney, parks and recreation planner, will address the group about the park’s design, function, and use of native plants. This short talk is titled “Pollinator Places in our Public Spaces.” Mark will then lead those interested on a short tour of this six-acre park which hosts one of the largest collections of native plants in a public setting in Lincoln.

Participants can leave any time. Everything, including clean-up, should end by dark.

Union Plaza is a first-of-its-kind, six-acre urban park located north of “O” Street between 21st and 22nd streets in the heart of central Lincoln. As part of a roadway and stormwater improvement project of Antelope Valley, this public-and privately-funded park has blossomed into one of the area’s largest collections of native plants. Opened in 2012 and entering its fifth growing season, Union Plaza offers more than 30 species of shrubs, 25 varieties of grasses, and 80 native perennials and forbs. A guided tour will introduce planting combinations that are both naturalistic mixes of species typically found in the region as well as stylized prairie combinations. The plant collections offer homeowners some pollinator favorites and friendly combinations, showing how native plants may be introduced into a more traditional landscape.

Mark Canney has been a park planner and designer with Lincoln Parks and Recreation for over 15 years. He grew up in Lincoln and attended Lincoln East High School. He earned a BA degree from UNL and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Kansas State University. Since then, Mark has been employed at several nurseries designing public gardens, streetscapes, parks, and master planning public spaces.

Join Wachiska on Thursday, September 14, at 6:00 p.m. for this potluck picnic, native plant talk, and accompanying walking tour. If you have further questions, contact the Wachiska office.


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