Longtime Lincoln Parks Director Lynn Johnson to retire

Johnson served as the director for 22 years.
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Courtesy of Lincoln Parks and Recreation

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson will be retiring in June after 22 years in the position.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird made the announcement on Wednesday.

“Lynn leaves his fingerprints on every one of our City’s beloved parks, trails, and recreational programs,” she said in a press release. “His legacy of innovation, progress and dedication to our community will continue to benefit residents into the future.”

Johnson joined the Parks and Recreation Department in 1997 to serve as its planning and construction manager.  He was selected for his current position in 2000 by Mayor Don Wesely when the previous director moved.

“I am so proud of the facilities, and programs, and services that our team provides to our community every day,” Johnson said in the release. “I want to thank the Lincoln Parks Foundation, our partnering organizations, and the public for supporting our work.”

Johnson’s projects include the expansion of the Pioneers Park Nature Center, the renovation of Nebraska’s Centennial Mall and the development of the Lincoln Community Foundation Tower Square.

Johnson’s last day as director is June 1.  The city will now start a national search for a new director.

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