Plenty of summer fun in Grand Island

Grand Island Parks and Recreation highlighted some of the activities available for families...
Grand Island Parks and Recreation highlighted some of the activities available for families this summer.(Grand Island Parks and Recreation)
Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 4:50 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele said he hears from residents that there’s not enough things for young people to do in the city, but that may not be the case.

During a community update Thursday, Grand Island Parks and Recreation Director Todd McCoy laid out all the activities taking place this summer to keep families busy.

McCoy said when you think of summer, you think of swimming. Island Oasis, which was closed in 2020, will open back up Memorial Day weekend. Also opening will be the Lincoln Park swimming pool, three wading pads and the splash pad.

Swimming lessons will be available, starting as young as six months.

McCoy said there are a wide range of events this summer. You can learn about them at

The Stolley Park Railroad will be operating Friday through Sunday. If you have a child’s birthday you want to celebrate, contact the Parks and Rec department so they can schedule it.

As for activities, the Kinder Camp and Playground Pals will be taking place this summer offering various summer activities for kids. There are also more specialized camps available, such as cooking, science and dance.

Some special events taking place is the Central Nebraska Youth Track Meet. It’s a free program taking place at Northwest High School in May. There’s also the Pitch, Hit and Run Program to keep in mind for next year.

For the adults, check out the Grand Island Games happening July 23 and July 24.

Other events happening include the 2021 Summer Concert Series beginning in June.

McCoy also highlighted the Jackrabbit Run Golf Course and the Heartland Shooting Park as places to take advantage of.

And with plenty of activities going on, volunteers are always needed.

“We always happy to have folks help with cleanup, painting projects, mulch for flowerbeds. There are a lot of different activities you can do for volunteering,” McCoy said.

He said the department is still hiring staff at the swimming pools. You can contact the department for job openings.

Mayor Steele said it’s important to be reminded about all the things Grand Island Parks and Recreation has to offer.

“I mean everything from summer jobs to camps,” Steele said. “It’s good to know we have all this going on.”

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