A proposed Veterans Day parade in north Lincoln may be moved from city streets to a park in order to save on taxpayer costs.
Councilman Roy Christensen, who has proposed the parade, met with several city leaders, including the police chief and Parks and Recreation Department director, about the logistics and costs.
Having the parade through the Havelock neighborhood on Touzalin and Havelock avenues would require 20 police officers for security and cost about $60,000, Christensen said.
But if the parade is held at Mahoney Park at 70th and Fremont streets, where there is plenty of parking space, only two officers would be required, and it would cost an estimated $15,000.
There are lots of parking spaces and staging areas in the park, Christensen said.
“That could be a place to start, then grow the parade,” he said in a telephone interview about his proposal.
"We could start the parade, see how much support it gets from the community and where they want to take it next," said Christensen.
His resolution calls for the parade to be on the weekend closest to Veterans Day, Nov. 11. But the actual scheduling could take into account other activities and holiday pay costs, Christensen said.
Issues that could affect the date might include weather and a Husker football game.
The city’s only parade — the Star City Parade in December — ended in 2009 during the serious budget problems created by the Great Recession.
That parade cost about $600,000, according to Christensen, though the city's share was closer to $100,000.
The City Council is expected to discuss and make a decision on his parade resolution at its Oct. 16 meeting.