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In January 1998 the E.K. & Mary Yanney Heritage Park idea was introduced to the public. The park idea was conceived from a meeting between Michael B. Yanney, a native of Kearney, and city park officials. Based on his philanthropic values and a strong sense of community, Mr. Yanney wanted to do something special for other families who call Kearney home. The acquisition of 80-acres in southwest Kearney was made and the park was named in honor of Mr. Yanney’s parents, E.K. and Mary Yanney.Arrange your visit to Yanney Heritage Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Kearney using our Kearney trip maker tool.
The process has been unique in that it is a donor driven park. Each park component is endowed at 20% of its cost to be put into a growth account to be used for future repair or maintenance. There has been tremendous success with the private donations and a variety of public matching grants to create park components. The park has its own Foundation and it is responsible for the development of the park. Upon completion of the park the Foundation will deed it to the City of Kearney for only the cost of ongoing maintenance.
Yanney Heritage Park has come a long way over the years. Steadily, an 80-acre cornfield has been transformed into a first-class city park with many unique features. The park has been and continues to be blessed with many generous donations and is well on its way to becoming one of the finest city parks in the Midwest.
Yanney Heritage Park reviews
I think it is still under construction with more good things to come but most of it is already developed and beautiful. Obviously a lot of planning and work went into this park.
I think it is still under construction with more good things to come but most of it is already developed and beautiful. Obviously a lot of planning and work went into this park. more »
Walked around the path to see the flowers, climbed the observation tower, great place to get some exercise
Walked around the path to see the flowers, climbed the observation tower, great place to get some exercise more »
One Word: GORGEOUS 😍 ❤️ This is a beautiful park that has a little bit of everything. A must see if you're passing through this city. I'm super glad we stopped and walked it. Lots of walking paths, ponds, a tower to walk up, flower gardens, outdoor fitness center, and so much more! I will definitely come back and visit if I'm in the area again.
Kearney Paddle Sports (canoe, kayak & paddle board rental). They take you on bus and drop you off at the starting point, you'll float for about 90 minutes (the time depends on you and how fast you go), then you get off where you parked. They are very reasonably priced! They provide everything you'll need. Lots of fun for Nebraska. Colorado is a must-go and do after trying this 1st, lots of rapids and very fun and EXCITING!
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