Mark Your Calendars: Grand Island Parks Announces 2022 Summer Activities | Grand Island Local News

Summer is approaching, and with it a series of activities and events planned by the City of Grand Island Parks and Recreation Department.

During a GITV special from City Hall on Wednesday, Parks Director Todd McCoy detailed some of the city’s plans for this summer.

“We’ve got a fun, exciting, but busy summer planned,” McCoy said. “There really is something for everyone this summer.”

A new paddling pool is being built at Stolley Park this summer.

It will replace the park’s paddling pool.

“The Stolley Park wading pool will not be opening this summer to make way for the new wading pool,” McCoy said.

Todd McCoy, Grand Island Parks and Recreation Manager

It will be a positive improvement, assured McCoy.

“The wading pools serve the same age group as the wading pools, but have interactive spray and splash elements. They are more accessible than paddling pools and they are much less labor intensive for staff,” he said. “It will be a great addition to Stolley Park.”

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Also in Stolley Park, a new playground will be built near the paddling pool.

It will be handicap accessible and have a rubber safety coating, McCoy said.

It should be done at the end of this summer.

Stolley Park Railroad will be open this summer.

Spring hours begin April 2, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-8 p.m.

Summer hours begin May 27, Friday through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Grand Island’s Island Oasis and Lincoln pools open May 28.

Swimming lessons are available at both, with sessions starting June 13, costing $35 for a two-week session.

The wading pools at Lincoln Park (Eighth Street and Beal Street), Grace Abbott Park (State Street and Cleburn Street), Pier Park (Oak Street and Ashton Street) and Veterans Park (2820 N. Broadwell) are all open May 28, at from 11:30 a.m.

Kinder Kamp and Playground Pals summer camp sessions start June 6th.

The city is offering four two-week camp sessions this summer, McCoy said.

Kinder Kamp in the morning, for ages 3 1/2 to 6, and Playground Pals in the afternoon, for ages 7 to 10, are $12 per child, per session.

“Campers will enjoy a variety of sports, games, water activities and crafts,” said McCoy.

A wide variety of specialty camps are also offered throughout the summer, including art, archery, basketball, cooking, dancing, rocketry and more.

Camp times, locations and prices vary and are detailed in the 2022 Summer Guide.

Children’s theater program

“Back by popular demand” are the city’s free children’s theater programs, McCoy said.

Two pieces will be offered this summer:

“Folk Tails” at Grace Abbott Park, with auditions starting May 21 and performing June 4, and “Laffin’ School” at Buechler Park, with auditions starting June 11 and performing June 25.

The Central Nebraska Track Meet will take place May 23 on Grand Island and is free for boys and girls ages 8-13.

The first through fourth place finishers in the competition will advance to the York State meet on June 11, McCoy said.

The Grand Island Games, an Olympic-style event for adults, are scheduled for July 29-30.

Team members compete in various sports including tug of war, bowling, volleyball, combat archery, pickleball and more.

The city’s six-part summer concert series will take place Thursday nights between Grace Abbott Park and Buechler Park starting June 2.

“There’s a wide variety of bands that will play classical, jazz, rock, polka, pop and more,” McCoy said. “It’s a totally free program.”

The 2022 Summer Guide is available online:

Hard copies are available at Grand Island City Hall, 100 E. First St.

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