Run for the Bridges

Despite the wintry weather, Wilnerness Park supporters -- some dressed in summer gear -- ran March 9 in the Run for the Bridges fundraiser.

Run for the Bridges raised $4,493 March 9 at Wilderness Park.

In eight years, the annual run has raised $65,000 to help build and repair the park's bridges, said Rosina Paolini, event coordinator.

"We gathered, forged through a foot of snow in some places while it rained on us, and raised a bunch of money for Wilderness Park," Paolini said.

The event's support team included orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Scott Swanson, Complete Family Dermatology, Lincoln Running Company, CycleWorks / Moose's Tooth, Leon's, Ace Hardware, Open Harvest, Eagle Printing and Sign, Screen Ink, Zipline, Ivanna Cone, Butterfly Bakery, Eagle Services, the ONeill, Heinrich, Damkroger, Bergmeyer and Shultz law firm, neighbors, volunteers and cycling friends.

"Many thanks go to those who clear and brush the trail all year round," Paolini said.

The park's telephone/cable bridge will be repaired this spring, and the Saltillo bridge is scheduled to be built by this fall, she added.

"The next priority will be kiosks at every trail head with "You are here" maps of Wilderness Park," Paolini said. "We will collaborate with Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department.

"We are an amazing community that comes together for the benefit of all beings," she added. "We build bridges, connect the trails and enrich our community."


L Magazine editor

Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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