South Salt Creek
Community Development Project
Improving Neighborhood Health and Vitality
Every year, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln works to make our whole community healthier with our annual festival, Streets Alive!, a one-day event that promotes active and healthy living. Whether Streets Alive! is outdoors or online, it's about improving community health, one neighborhood at a time because strong and healthy neighborhoods benefit everyone. But Streets Alive! is more than a one-day festival.
Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, through Streets Alive!, teams up with the host neighborhood, Lincoln Parks and Recreation, community organizations, and other sponsors to have a lasting positive impact that improves the safety, walkability, and health of the neighborhood through a community development project or program.
Streets Alive/F Street Tunnel Revitalization
Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, collaborating with the South Salt Creek Community Organization, Lincoln Parks & Recreation, Park Middle School, neighborhood residents, and Burlington Northern Railroad identified a neighborhood project that could improve the safety and walkability of the South Salt Creek neighborhood.
For the South Salt Creek neighborhood, the F Street Tunnel offers one of the only safe passages across train tracks on 3rd Street. Lighting in the tunnel was insufficient; the ceiling was peeling and leaking; the mural inside was faded, the retaining walls were crumbling, and the landscaping around was overgrown. All these factors make for an unsafe passage for kids walking to Park Middle School and for residents walking in the neighborhood.
The community development project included these improvements:
- Updated the lights so the tunnel could be brighter and better protected.
- Scraping, repainting and sealing leaks in the ceiling.
- Repainting the inside walls of the tunnel with a mural that reflects the heart and diversity of the neighborhood done by a local artist, Micah Mullins.
- Repairing and rebuilding crumbling retaining walls, adding new walkways and steps.
- Tearing out overgrown landscaping around the tunnel and planting new full-sun, low-water plants. We will engage the neighborhood residents through the South Salt Creek Community Organization, Park Middle School and nearby churches to adopt the landscaping and keep up the seasonal maintenance.
The completion of the project was celebrated at the Mayor's news conference in May of 2022. Watch the video to view all of the before and after project pictures.
Thanks to our Project Sponsors
We are very grateful for the generous support of our wonderful corporate and community sponsors, WalMart, the Lincoln Community Foundation, and Burlington Northern Railroad, who's funding is helping improve the health and safety of the South of Downtown neighborhood through this Community Development Project. Thanks also to Cascade Cabinets & Flooring, our volunteers, and AmeriCorps interns who provided clean up and other project support.