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Yanney Heritage Park, Kearney

Categories: Nature & Parks
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5/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
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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  • Visit Yanney park a few times a year to fish. It is a great place that is well kept and clean. Handled by city employee's, who are always around making sure it stay's that way. Have caught big bass th...  read more »
  • This is a nice park, with a concrete hiking trail around the lake. There is a splash pad for kids and fishing available at the lake. There is easy access to the lake for fishing. They have paddle boat...  read more »
  • Beautiful park. Set up great and planned for the future. We didn't get to do all that was there, but the kids loved the water park and playground area. Hoping to do the swan paddle boats next time! 
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