Friday Five

June 30, 2006 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Now that the City of Lincoln has State Fair Park within its grasp, it made me think: if Lincoln were to have the opportunity to do whatever it wanted to State Fair Park, what could it do? Five suggestions:

  1. Build a NASCAR track, home of the Cornhusker 400. Scoff if you will, NASCAR-haters, but it wouldn’t surprise me if a track were both more sustainable and more profitable than an events center.
  2. Hand it over to developers for a planned, mixed-use development.
  3. Six Flags!
  4. Give it back to nature. Bulldoze the entire park, add a few ponds and wetlands, and turn it into the world’s largest urban prairie park. Don’t forget the prairie dogs.
  5. Turn it into a business park, complete with hotels, a golf course, and other business-friendly amenities. Devote a portion of the space to incubating new businesses. Build a business/economics-focused magnet high school. Partner with local colleges and universities to develop an apprenticeship program in coordination with the businesses housed in the park.

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Mr. T June 30, 2006 at 12:56pm

<i>Build a NASCAR track, home of the Cornhusker 400. Scoff if you will, NASCAR-haters, but it wouldn

Mr. Wilson June 30, 2006 at 1:15pm

...what would they do when its not used for nascar?

Uhh, world’s largest go-cart track? wink

How would humans interact with this park?

Via trails, educational exhibits, and so on, though in my opinion, the maximum value from this sort of park would be achieved through minimalism.

D.M.B. June 30, 2006 at 1:24pm

1)  Good idea but bad spot.  Noise pollution would be awful.  About when it’s not in use, If you think about it, Memorial stadium is used to it’s capacity about 7 times a year and only partially used about 15 times a year.  Talk about a waste of money.

2)  One of the two most likely options.
3)  I highly doubt that space is big enough for a six flags nor a nascar track for that matter.
4)  Nature get’s everything these days…she’s a greedy bitch.
5)  Again…more likely out of the 5.  Hotels would be prime right there with the stadium right there.

Joshua Wiltshire June 30, 2006 at 5:49pm

My only problem with number 5 is the fact that the surrounding area is kind of a craphole.  Hotels and a golf course with a view of… Run down housing?  Salt Creek (complete with smell!) Whatever the hell those two huge bulb things are?  I just don’t see it.  I would like to see #4 happening, most likely to me is #2.

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