Nebraskaland March 2019

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58 Nebraskaland • March 2019 THE LAST STOP By Jeff Kurrus FRUITION Photographing construction is a slow process. Assignments are given to Nebraskaland photographers, including myself, all of the time. On top of our typical fi eld work, we might shoot family fi shing nights, outdoor expos, shooting or angling tournaments, and the like. In the last couple of years, however, I've had a diff erent kind of assignment. I was tasked to photograph Venture Park construction at Louisville and Schramm Park state recreation areas and Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks. From glamping cabins and a fl oating playground to rock-climbing walls and ziplines, I've had a front seat view to each of these projects. For a person used to shooting wildlife and people participating in outdoor adventures, photographing a new wall wasn't thrilling … until it was. When the steel beams were added to Mahoney's Activity Center, where the climbing wall would be located, I shrugged. Yet when I came back months later, my fi rst response was "Wow." When I photographed the site at Platte River State Park where the splash pad (pictured) would eventually go, I shrugged once again. Upon completion, I couldn't wait for my kids to see it. Each of these projects – from beginning to end – drew a similar response from me. So as the newly renovated Schramm Education Center is set to debut later this spring, I am once again excited about seeing people using it for the fi rst time – while also remembering the images I took of the sheetrock, mud, and other materials so typical of a construction site. I hear the second phase of the Venture Park project will begin soon. I'll have to take a deep breath before it starts, for it will take some time before my excitement is fulfi lled. Then I'll smile knowing that when these projects do come to fruition, I'll be just as giddy as the people visiting them.

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