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MAY 2020
In This Issue
  • Why Join Your Neighborhood Association?
  • UPLNK: Improving Lincoln Together
  • Teeters Memorial Garden: A Quiet Place for Reflection in Uncertain Times
  • Irvingdale-Stransky-Rudge Park Project Update – May 2020
  • 2020 KZUM Stransky Park Concert Series Postponed
  • Providing Resources and Creating Support Through Neighborhood Pods
  • Spring Clean-Up Postponed
  • Irvingdale Tree Canopy: Continuing the Legacy
  • Local COVID-19 Information
  • Have You Taken the 2020 Census?

  Why Join Your Neighborhood Association?

Residents join the neighborhood association for a variety of reasons. Some join to have a voice in and for their neighborhood. Some join to be vested in preserving the character and quality of their community. Some join to meet other neighbors and build relationships. Some join to promote neighborhood security, cleanliness and safety. These are just a few of the many reason why neighbors like you choose to join the Irvingdale Neighborhood Association. Whatever your reason is for joining INA, the Board and your fellow neighbors greatly appreciate your membership.
The 2020/21 membership year begins July 1, 2020, so it is now time to join or renew your membership. There are two options available to pay your dues.
  1. Online through a secure link on the INA website membership page which is processed by Nebraska based PaymentSpring.
  2. Mailing your check along with the downloadable membership form on the website to the INA post office box address.



UPLNK is a free app that can be used to report non-emergency quality-of-life issues within the Lincoln City limits. There are approximately 35 issue categories that can be reported on, such as streetlight problems, downed tree limbs, potholes, suspected drug activity and park maintenance issues. There is an option to upload a photo with each service request. 
The UPLNK app is available for download for IOS and Android phones. 
To access UPLNK by computer or for more information about UPLNK visit
UPLNK is not to be used for emergencies. For urgent matters that require immediate attention or an emergency response, call 9-1-1. 


    Teeters Memorial Garden:
        A Quiet Place for Reflection in Uncertain Times

By Paul Hadley, Bryan Health

     Maybe you’ve noticed the quiet space on Lake Street, just south of the hospital on Bryan West Campus? It’s the Teeters Memorial Garden. Benches, trees and plantings offer a welcome spot for patients, family members and staff to visit, recharge and reflect.
     It’s open to the community! If you’re walking in the neighborhood or visiting at the hospital, please feel free to stop by (while maintaining appropriate social distancing).
     This garden is on the site of the former Teeters nursing dormitory, which eventually became the Bryan Independence Center. It’s named after the late John and Sophy Teeters, whose gifts supported health care and nursing education in our community.
    When you visit, notice that original balcony railings and cornerstones from the Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing’s dormitory and arches reminiscent of its entries are incorporated in the garden’s design.
     Just who were the Teeters? John L. Teeters (1861-1946) was an Iowa native who worked in the wholesale jewelry business in Des Moines after graduating from the University of Iowa. He married Sophy H. Teeters (1859-1924) in Iowa City in 1891, and shortly afterward the couple moved to Lincoln, where John studied law. He was admitted to the Nebraska Bar and was an attorney for several years before reentering the jewelry business. His firm flourished, and this civic leader was among a core group that met in 1910 to plan a new city hospital. Following successful fund-raising efforts and a substantial gift from the R.E. Moore estate, a 100-bed hospital was designed in 1922. When completed in 1925, Lincoln General Hospital had grown to 140 beds. 
     In the meantime, John – who was chairman of the hospital board for almost two decades – provided money to build the Sophy H. Teeters Nurses Home at 2440 St. Mary’s Ave. This three-story facility was named for John’s late wife, who died before Lincoln General was completed; the dorm opened in 1928 and was enlarged a few years later with another gift from John.
     The brick building served as a dorm until the nursing school closed in 1976. Then it housed the Independence Center, a leading alcohol and substance abuse treatment program. But when the new Bryan Independence Center facility opened in 2014, the Teeters building was no longer needed. It was determined that renovating the stately structure to bring it up to modern utility and safety codes would cost more than $10 million, so it was decided to use the land for something else.
     To honor the memory of the Teeters and other early benefactors, in 2017 the garden opened within the footprint of this former place of learning and healing.

Irvingdale-Stransky-Rudge Park Project Update – May 2020
After a long wait, Lincoln Parks & Recreation Department received word that the Irvingdale-Stransky-Rudge Park Project was not selected for federal funding. However, thanks to partnerships with both public and private entities, a path forward has been identified
In September 2020, LPRD will apply for state-level funding from the Land & Water Conservation Fund program for Park Corridor. The potential funding level is less than the federal level, yet provides a real opportunity to leverage the matching funds already raised. Awards will likely be announced in Spring 2021. 
If selected, the following components will be included in the renovation:
Irvingdale Park
  • Remove existing parking lot and replace
  • Remove existing playground and replace 
  • New park shelter and picnic facilities
  • Pool Improvements                                               
    • Pool access walk & plaza 
    • Pool fence 
  • Concrete pathways
  • Interpretive Exhibits           
Stransky Park
While the master plan called for several changes to the Stransky Park zone, due to limited funding, there will be no improvementsmade in this area.
Rudge Park
  • Park Entrance Monument and picnic facilities
  • Concrete loop pathway
  • Activity Area
    • Remove playground and replace with activity area
    • Close segment of 16th Street 
  • Interpretive Exhibits 

2020 KZUM Stransky Park Concert Series Postponed
By James Heydt, INA Board Member

The 2020 KZUM Stransky Park Concert Series has a postponed tentative start date of July 2.  Station Manager, Kerry Semrad, says that it is very likely that they may need to either move it back further or cancel the 2020 season. They will weigh their options and try to offer a decision by the end of May. Stay tuned to the KZUM website or the Irvingdale Neighborhood Facebook page for this decision and further details as they become available. 
Providing Resources and Creating Support Through Neighborhood Pods
By Corey Rumann and Stephanie Bondi, INA Members
        As concerns about the Covid-19 endemic rose and more stay at home orders were being implemented, we began to think about our friends and neighbors, especially those who were in high risk categories.  We have relationships with some of our neighbors, but not everyone on our block, so we wondered how we could try and connect with folks to offer support and community building.  Then we heard about creating Neighborhood Pods which were recommended through a group called the Dandelion Network here in Lincoln that is providing some valuable resources and support during the pandemic.  To start the process of creating the Neighborhood Pod we wrote short notes to each of the residents on our block and included our contact information.  We also let them know we wanted to create ways to stay connected and communicate with each other and asked them to contact us so we could do that (e.g., group text messaging).  Although we did not hear back from everyone on our block we did hear from many of our neighbors, including some we had never met personally before. Everyone offered support and gratitude for reaching out and others offered more specific assistance like getting groceries for others who needed them. We know these are challenging times for all of us but through this process we actually feel more connected with others in our neighborhood.  We are grateful for making those connections at a time when we really needed them.

Spring Clean Up Postponed

Due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, Irvingdale, Everett and South Salt Creek neighborhood associations decided to forego the spring cleanup event. The three associations will be evaluating the pandemic situation to determine the feasibility of holding a Recycle, Reuse and Reduce cleanup event in the fall.

Irvingdale Tree Canopy: Continuing the Legacy
By Kendall Wyers, INA Member

     If you happen to notice a stump from a recently removed tree in our neighborhood, take a moment and count the rings. Each ring indicates a year of that tree’s life, and most of our trees have numerous rings, a record of an extensive history of service. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the forward-thinking folks involved who planted each of Irvingdale’s trees, many quite long ago. 
     Why? Because during the many decades of a tree’s life, it provides us with a wide range of benefits. Of course, we’re all familiar with the comfort and relief they provide on a scorching summer afternoon, but they give us so much more than shade. For one, trees make a neighborhood more appealing and even increase property values. I know when house shopping 20 years ago (in August) the Irvingdale canopy was part of what attracted me here.
     And that’s just the start. Trees help reduce air, water, and noise pollution. Trees provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife. Trees lower our energy costs and are a good tool against climate change. Trees have even been proven to provide us a long list of health and psychological benefits. The bottom line is that trees quietly give back to us every day in a myriad of ways.
     Unfortunately, since trees are stable, long-term residents, it’s easy to take them and their value for granted, and not notice gradual canopy decline. With that in mind, it’s important we appreciate the value of and care for the canopy legacy our forefathers left us, and provide the same for the generations to follow. We can do our part and leave our own wonderful legacy, and each of us can contribute through the simple act of planting a tree.
Link to video
Questions about Lincoln’s community forest? Feel free to contact:
Kendall Weyers
Nebraska Forest Service,
Lincoln Community Forestry Advisory Board


Local COVID-19 Information

For the most up to date information about COVID-19 in Lincoln and Lancaster County, please visit

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Have You Taken the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform decisions on hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities and neighborhoods for the next decade. The deadline for the self-response phase of the 2020 census has been extended to October 12. To complete the census and/or for more information go to

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