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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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  • This park provides an opportunity to fish, hike, picnic, or just relax and enjoy the outdoors. During the summer their are special productions of plays in the outdoor amphitheater.  more »
  • We took a brief break on a gorgeous autumn day to climb the tower. Wondered how it would affect "the old knees." Turns out the stair were shallow, making the climb easy and worth the view! The tower a...  more »
  • We were there on a very foggy fall day and it was very pretty. If I lived in the area, I could see making this park a regular stop. Lots of walking trails. Beautiful gardens. Large play areas for kids...  more »
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  • Great place to go! Playground is awsome! You can fish in the lake. Plenty very well paved hike and bike trails. Offers something for everyone!!!
  • Best place to enjoy the fresh air with greenaries in Kearney. Nice for kids to play around
  • Very nice place for people of age to visit with other like people. Very good food at their meals.
  • 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.
  • This is a very neat park. Great for little kids, but also for exercise. It has a little bit of everything.

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