NEBRASKAland June 2016

NEBRASKAland Magazine is dedicated to outstanding photography and informative writing with an engaging mix of articles and photos highlighting Nebraska’s outdoor activities, parklands, wildlife, history and people.

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25 Years and Counting Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Celebrates Photos and story by Jeff Kurrus B ecause Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Roger Kuhn has seen the development of Eugene T. Mahoney State Park since its opening 25 years ago, it was natural to ask him about its impact on the state of Nebraska. "Millions of people have visited Mahoney since 1991," Kuhn responded. "Family vacations, reunions, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, an event or retreat. A day at the pool, horseback ride, walk a trail, participate in educational programs or staying overnight. It's about how Mahoney has touched lives in a positive way, how it's provided millions an opportunity to make lifetime memories." Here are a few memories to share, serving as a reminder to visit and create our own. ■ TOP: Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, named after the former Nebraska state senator, director of the Game and Parks Commission and executive director of the Henry Doorly Zoo Foundation, overlooks the Platte River Valley in Cass County near Ashland. At 690 acres, the park is open year-round and has hosted millions of visitors since its opening in 1991. LEFT: A family watches the wave pool at the Family Aquatic Center, open Memorial Day through Labor Day. OPPOSITE: The Peter Kiewit Lodge has 40 guest rooms for lodging, meeting rooms for conferences, workshops and other group events, and The Lodge Restaurant. 54 NEBRASKAland • JUNE 2016

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