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Yanney Heritage Park, Kearney

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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.

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.
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  • 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 »
  • Yanney Park has many great features to enjoy the Tower overlooks the Park and you can see the area from above. The walking gardens are beautiful when they are in bloom and the kids love the water... 
    Yanney Park has many great features to enjoy the Tower overlooks the Park and you can see the area from above. The walking gardens are beautiful when they are in bloom and the kids love the water...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Family friendly park. With some water for that summer fun. Also, a lovely Zen maze and center tower that overlooks the majority of the park. However, I wish the elevator worked more often.

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