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Norfolk receives $500,000 anonymous donation to use towards Johnson Park improvements

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NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) - Last night, the Norfolk City Council approved a $500,000 donation from someone who wishes to remain anonymous.

The money will help with the renovations slated for the Johnson Park and the Riverfront Project.

At least $3.5 to $4 million needs to be raised to finish the project.

"It's an important project to me because it gets back to the community's history. This is where Norfolk started on the banks of the North Fork of the Elkhorn River. Johnson Park was a WPA project finished in the early 1940s and it was a beautiful park, a real regional attraction," said Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning.

Mayor Moenning said the park was wiped out during a flood in the 1960s and hasn't been the same since.

The list of renovations includes new playground equipment, new picnic tables, and an amphitheater for outdoor events.

"We want this to be a gathering space in the community. Again bringing the community back to its roots, to its history where Norfolk started and making this once again a people attraction, not only for this area but for the entire state and we're building and planning to do that" added Moenning.

Moenning also said this is a big investment into Norfolk's future and he hope's this is the first of many private donations to help complete the project.

The mayor said construction on the riverfront project will start sometime next year.

Brett Mayerson

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