Nebraska to Create Venture Park Complex

Weaving together recreation areas

Nebraska's Platte River is an important natural area for migratory birds, but officials also want the park to appeal to easily bored children. (Diana Robinson/Flickr)
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Four park areas along the Platte River in Nebraska are set to become a “venture park” complex, the Journal Star reported Tuesday.  

The $35 million plan will lead to a number of additions to the parks, including water cycles, a natural rock wall, inflated balls that children can sit in while rolling down a hill, and unconventional lodging such as yurts and luxury tents. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission hopes the additions will give more children something to enjoy in the parks.

The commission will put venture parks in four state parks and state recreation areas between Lincoln and Omaha: Mahoney, Schramm, Platte River, and Louisville. The plan is separate from continuing efforts to address a $44.5 million backlog in deferred state park maintenance, according to the Journal Star

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