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Centennial Mall gets a face lift

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By: Cole Miller

People crowded into the Capitol Rotunda Thursday morning to get a glimpse of what Centennial Mall will soon look like. Those who are helping to raise the money were recognized.

The seven block stretch from the State Capitol to the University of Nebraska is getting a face lift. "Nebraska's Centennial Mall will be a place to celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of Nebraska," said Lynn Johnson with Parks and Recreation.

Beginning May 1st, the Occupy Lincoln tents will leave and construction crews will move in. From spacious plazas to brand-new water fountains, there should be something for everyone to enjoy. "It's important that we as Nebraskans, citizens from across the state, come together to help make this project successful," said Lieutenant Governor, Rick Sheehy.

So far, a statewide fundraising team has raised more than $5 million. That's well over half of the $9.6 million cost. Local and state leaders aren't the only ones helping to fundraiser projects here along the mall. There's one high school student who says she wants to see changes also.

Zoe Maurer remembers walking the mall as a child but says now it's different. "I noticed Centennial Mall was really tattered and beat down," Maurer said. So she decided to start her own fundraiser which collected $1,000. She hopes other kids will be able to enjoy the fountains like she used to. "I'm glad that the fountains are going to be able to be accessed by feet! By other kids who want to put their feet in there when it's hot in the summer," she said.

Construction will start on the middle three blocks first and as money comes in, work will be done to the surrounding four blocks. All work should be done by 2014.

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