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.
course (est. 2005), Black Elk-Neihardt Park, College Drive & N.
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, see
Golf Club/Course. N. Hwy 75.
For information on this 18-hole course, see
Lions Club Park (est. 1976), N. 16th and Park
This park has five horseshoe pits. (For information on the park,
see “Lions Club Park”).
Park (est. 2004), Ralph Steyer Park, S. 16th and
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
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 29 and is open for public
swimming until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday each week and
until 7:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday each week. The rates for the 2012 season are as follows:
Youth Daily $
Adult Daily $
Family Membership $103.00
Swimming Lessons $38.00
Pool Party $162.00
(1 1/2 hr minimum)
(For park information, see “City
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
Memorial Field (est. 1959), S. 13th and Butler
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.
Baseball Field and R.D. ‘Moose” Zimmerman, Jr., Softball Field
(both est. 1977), Nebraska & N. 27th Streets (Dana
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, call
Dana College at 402-426-9000.
(est. 1984), Stemmermann Park, N. 10th and Jackson
There are four lighted tennis courts at this park. (For
information on the park, see “Stemmermann
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.
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”).
Blair YMCA, S.
13th (S. Hwy. 75) and Wilbur Streets.