NE – Nebraska Platte River Parks to Receive $35-million Upgrade

Nebraska Game and Parks plans $35-million upgrade to Platte River Valley Parks

Picture yourself sledding down a toboggan run, racing downhill in a tube or big ball or zip-lining through a beautiful wooded area.

Sound fun?

Over the next four years, Nebraska Game and Parks (NGP) will be working to provide these fun outdoor experiences and more with a $35-million upgrade to four of its Platte River Valley parks.

The project is dubbed, “Nebraska’s Outdoor Venture Parks: Parks for the Next Generation.” It will involve Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Platte River State Park, Louisville State Recreation Area, all in Cass County, and Schramm State Recreation Area nearby in Sarpy County.

“The purpose of creating an Outdoor Venture Park is to meet and anticipate park visitors’ expectations of the Nebraska Game and Parks,” information about the project states. “…Families and visitors to the parks are looking for more than just a walk in the park. They want the rush of adrenaline and a sense of exhilaration of the adventures they could have at the parks.”

NGP Director Jim Douglas said the main theme of the venture parks is “nature-based play and learning.”

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