4th of July Festivities

On July 4th, at 10 AM, there will be a bike parade along Sewell Street. Bike decorations will start at 9:30 at 2119 Sewell Street. All are invited to participate, or attend to watch as the parade goes by!

As for the more explosive celebrations, here are a number of reminders regarding firework safety and cleanup.

Air Quality Advisory Issued by Lincoln Health Department
Keep Lincoln Clean and Clean up your Fireworks
Proper management and disposal of fireworks

The Irvingdale Neighborhood wishes everyone a Happy 4th of July!

Snow Day Reminders

A fairly decent amount of snow had blanketed the City of Lincoln, between 4-5” worth over the last two days. With that amount of snow, it’s good to refresh our memory on how to handle winter weather.

Parking Bans

Parking band allow snow plows easier access to roads and streets. Parking is banned on odd sides of the street in odd years (2025) and on even sides of the street in even years (2024).

Parking is also banned in snow removal districts and on emergency snow routes.


Snow Angels Program

For residents where removing snow is not feasible, or a health risk, a request to the snow angels program can be submitted to the City.

This is a volunteer program for residents willing to help their neighbors in removing snow from sidewalks and driveways.

To request a snow angel, or to volunteer, you can sign up at the link below:


General Winter Safety

  • If you find fallen power lines, make sure to call LES as soon as possible.
  • Make sure you dress warmly enough, and limit exposure to the cold.
  • All wheel drive doesn’t mean all wheel stop, maintain safe following distances in the road, and travel at a slower rate of speed.
  • As the snow thaws and refreezes, walk carefully to avoid slips and falls, especially when walking to and from your car.

Free Ash Tree Removal

Do you have an Ash tree within your property lines that potentially could be heathy, dying, or dead? Removing mature or hazardous trees can be costly and beyond the means of many homeowners. The City Parks and Recreation Department, the Urban Development Department, and the Nebraska Forest Service are providing funding in the form of a grant to remove Ash tree/s and re-plant a new tree. This service is completely FREE.

If you’re interested in this service, the form can be accessed using the link below:

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Recollections of Rudge Park and the Cottonwood Tree

From Penny Schmuecker:

“My family moved across the street from Rudge Park in December of 1970. Moving from Cortland, NE to Lincoln was an adjustment for my two sisters and me. However, the Park soon became the hub of my social life, if a 7 year old has a social life. I learned to ice skate that winter. In the spring, after the water was drained from the lake, friends and I caught jars and jars of tadpoles, in various stages of development. We had school Field Days in the park and in the summer, we played baseball and kick soccer. The cottonwood tree on the island was always there, a focal point of my world as I got older and started to notice the change of seasons, especially in the tree’s vibrant yellow autumn leaves that marked the passage of time. My mom would use her Kodak Instamatic to take pictures of the tree in every season. The pictures, like my mom, are gone now, and I am saddened that this majestic tree will be gone in the very near future.”

From Jackie Vivier:

Some of my best memories of “Lake Street Park” as we fondly referred to it, were the summer afternoons, the winters with all the skaters, and the school picnics.

My mom had an in-home daycare, and after lunch all of the school age kids she cared for, would head down to the park while the little kids napped.
We’d spend the whole nap time (a solid 2 hours) sliding on the searing hot metal slide, finding creative ways to not scorch the back of our legs. Swinging as high as we could on the swings and seeing how far we could jump off from them, and spinning mindlessly around and around on the merry-go-round. We’d be holding on for dear life, or trying to manage not throwing up because my brother, or his friends were spinning us around at warp speed. The park seemed so big! We’d run and jump from the large blocks into the “pond” area, run the whole oval and do it all over again!
We had a group of probably 10 kids down there at any given point, and those that were readers would make their way over to the grand isle to read in the shade of the leaning cottonwood.
In the winter, the park was teeming with kids ice skating!
I didn’t know how to skate, but hung out in the fire pit and watched all the other kids.
It was a central hub of our elementary years at Saratoga, and every spring we got to make the annual walk from school over to the park for our class picnic, I LOVED this tradition so much!!
It didn’t matter that there weren’t elaborate play structures, we were creative and made stuff up as we went along…so many wonderful memories were made in this park❤️