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Yanney 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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  • Rose garden, bike trail, swan boats, fishing, water park! Most of it's free and soon there will be a professional theater production of The Littlre Mermaid presented in the amphitheater. Americana at ...  more »
  • This is worth pulling off the Interstate 80 to stretch your legs or planning an afternoon outing with your family or to walk the dog while taking in the sights, smells and sounds of an amazing city pa...  more »
  • I enjoy taking my grandchildren here to play on the playground and play in the splash playground. it is also has access to the walking trail in our community. It is a good place for family reunions wi...  more »
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  • A beautiful, one of a kind park. This place had playgrounds and a splash pad for the kids, an outdoor gym, a senior center, a run/bike trail, fishing, boat rentals, an observatory, about everything to have a great outdoor time. Always a great spot for a walk around the lake, take on the view and relax. And it's only around 10 minutes off of I-80, worth the break from driving of you are passing through.
  • Beautiful park. Gorgeous spaces. Multiple play areas for kids, including two splash pads for summer fun. Fishing on a beautiful lake, mute swans, water activities. Meditation/prayer labyrinth, overlook tower, amphitheater overlooking the lake, lots of green spaces, and an adjoining paved walking path that runs for miles of beautiful hiking.
  • One of my favoritist places in town to book a photo shoot at. Theres tons of beautiful locations, so much greenery, the lakes are lovely... its just wonderful.
  • I love this park i go fishing there we do lots of fun things out there like ride on paddle boats or go kiacing.Its just the things they do out there like all the plays and fire works.One last thing I love how they keep the whole park clean. -ZANE SIMS
  • Beautiful park. Lots of fun things to do and entertain children.