City crews break ground on Keith Blackledge Park

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP City crews broke ground on the Keith Blackledge Park last week.

The park will sit next to Whitetail Screen Print near 6th and Jeffers streets.

It's a project six years in the making and it's made possible through public and private donations.

Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful Executive Director Mona Anderson says urban landscape projects in downtown areas are known to increase sales by up to 12 percent.

"When people are looking for a place to move they are looking for parks and recreation, places that they can go to, especially the younger workers," Anderson said.

Crews with Municipal Light and Water and the public service department are joining forces to construct the near $100,000 project.

"It's a public and City partnership where you have the private people and you have the public City working together and it's really good thing because it just adds to our community," said North Platte Public Service Director Layne Groseth. "We all need to work together to make North Platte all that it can be and this is just another step in continuing to enhance and to beautify everything, it all goes hand in hand."

The park will include green space as well as benches and a water fountain.

The majority of the project is expected to be complete by Nebraskaland Days.

Grants from the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, North Platte Lincoln County Visitors Bureau, the City of North Platte as well as public and private donations are funding the project.