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OTHER RECREATIONAL FACILITIES:

  • Boat Ramps                             

Optimists Park Boat Ramps (est. 1993), E. Fairview Drive.  This park has two boat ramps for access to the Missouri River, two floating docks for temporary mooring, a fish-cleaning station and restrooms. There are two small picnic shelters with grills and a bench swing. The park can be reached from Highway 30 just west of the Blair Bridge: turn north on Marina Road, turn right onto Fairview Drive on the north side of the railroad overpass and follow Fairview to the river. The park was established in part by a grant from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Blair Optimists funded construction of the boat ramps. 
                                                                                                        

  • Disc Golf                                                

Disc Golf course (est. 2005), Black Elk-Neihardt Park, College Drive & N. 32nd Street.  This scenic nine-hole course begins near the northeast end of the parking lot. A map of the course, together with information about disc golf activities, is posted near the first hole. Contributions by area businesses assisted development of the course  (For park information, seeCity Parks).    

  • Golf                                                                 

River Wilds Golf Club/Course. N. Hwy 75.  For information on this 18-hole course, see www.riverwilds.com

  • Horseshoes                          

Horseshoe pits, Lions Club Park (est. 1976), N. 16th and Park Streets.  This park has five horseshoe pits. (For information on the park, see “Lions Club Park”).

  • Skateboarding                      

Skateboard Park (est. 2004), Ralph Steyer Park, S. 16th and Butler Streets. This facility in Steyer Park along Lafayette Street, one block south of Butler, was made possible through keno funds and a city-wide fund-raising drive. Several young Blair skateboarders proposed this park; they were also involved in its design and participated in the fund-raising drive. (For park information, see “City Parks).

  • Swimming                     

Municipal Swimming Pool (renovated 1999), Ralph Steyer Park, S. 16th & Butler Streets.  This complex, which includes swimming and wading pools and a Spanish-style bathhouse, was built in the 1930s as a WPA project. The pool is operated by Blair but managed by the YMCA under an arrangement with the city.  The pool opens May 28 and is open for public swimming from 1:00 P.M. until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday each week and from 1:00 P.M. until 7:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday each week. Lap swim is available to swimmers 14 years and older.  All registrations for swim lessons are taken at the YMCA.  Please refer to the YMCA's website or contact them for more specific information. (402) 533-9622  http://www.blairymca.org/default.htm

 The rates for the 2013 season are as follows:
                 Youth Membership                                        $37.00
                 Adult Membership                                         $56.00
                 Family Membership                                      $105.00
                 Youth Daily                                                    $3.50
                 Adult Daily (18 and older)                             $4.50
                 Swimming Lessons per Session                    $39.00
                 Baby Pool                                                       Free Admittance
                 Pool Party (1 ˝ hr minimum)                         $166.00

(For park information, see “City Parks”).

  • Sports Complexes             

Youth Sports Complex (est. 1984 ), N. 10th and Jackson Streets. This complex, which is next to Stemmermann Park (see “City Parks”) has three sports fields. Altogether there are three baseball fields, two tee-ball fields, four softball fields and four soccer fields.  All three sports fields have restrooms; the baseball and softball fields have concession stands.

Veterans’ Memorial Field (est. 1959), S. 13th and Butler Streets. Vets’ Field is home to Blair’s American Legion baseball town teams and the high school baseball team. It is also used in the fall for YMCA flag football. The facility has a concession area and restrooms. Before the American Legion assumed sponsorship of this area in 1959, it served for many years as an athletic field for community, school, and college games.   

Paul Peterson Baseball Field and R.D. ‘Moose” Zimmerman, Jr., Softball Field  (both est. 1977), Nebraska & N. 27th Streets (Dana College campus). These fields honor Peterson and Zimmerman, both Dana alumni, for their significant contributions to local recreation programs. Peterson was an athletics director and a coach and faculty member at Dana College for many years. Zimmerman, a Blair resident, was instrumental in developing Blair’s softball program. For information on using either field, contact the YMCA at (402) 533-9622.

  • Tennis                        

Tennis Courts (est. 1984), Stemmermann Park, N. 10th and Jackson Streets.  There are four lighted tennis courts at this park. (For information on the park, see “Stemmermann Park”).

  • Trails                             

Blair Trail System  Development of this trail system started in 2005. At present it extends from the Deerfield housing development on N. Highway 75 to N.16th and Park Streets, with other segments located across town. In coming years the trail system will link city parks and schools throughout the community.

Black Elk-Neihardt Park trails, Blair Elk-Neihardt Park, College Drive & N. 32nd Street. Trails in the park include a paved trail, a wood chip trail, and the Black Elk-Neihardt Nature Trail, which begins on Hansen Drive on the Dana College campus and ends in the park. There are maps of the nature trail at both ends. (For further information on the park, see “City Parks”).

  • YMCA            

Blair YMCA, S. 13th (S. Hwy. 75) and Wilbur Streets.  See www.blairymca.org.

                                           

 

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