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Yanney Heritage Park, Kearney

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In January 1998 the E.K. & Mary Yanney Heritage Park idea was introduced to the public. The park idea was conceived from a meeting between Michael B. Yanney, a native of Kearney, and city park officials. Based on his philanthropic values and a strong sense of community, Mr. Yanney wanted to do something special for other families who call Kearney home. The acquisition of 80-acres in southwest Kearney was made and the park was named in honor of Mr. Yanney’s parents, E.K. and Mary Yanney.

The process has been unique in that it is a donor driven park. Each park component is endowed at 20% of its cost to be put into a growth account to be used for future repair or maintenance. There has been tremendous success with the private donations and a variety of public matching grants to create park components. The park has its own Foundation and it is responsible for the development of the park. Upon completion of the park the Foundation will deed it to the City of Kearney for only the cost of ongoing maintenance.

Yanney Heritage Park has come a long way over the years. Steadily, an 80-acre cornfield has been transformed into a first-class city park with many unique features. The park has been and continues to be blessed with many generous donations and is well on its way to becoming one of the finest city parks in the Midwest.
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  • Yanney Park has many great features to enjoy the Tower overlooks the Park and you can see the area from above. The walking gardens are beautiful when they are in bloom and the kids love the water...  more »
  • Very well maintained and beautiful place, observation tower, lake and great walking areas. This is just off the interstate and is a great place to let the kids stretch their legs and run out some...  more »
  • This is a beautiful park. There is so much to do and most of it is free. Great for kids. We were passing through as part of a road trip and the splash pad was perfect for the little ones to play and stretch their legs. Love that the designers had families in mind when they built it. Highly recommend.
  • Always a fun time for the family. Very clean and well kept grass. Beautiful parks for the kiddos of all sizes. Wonderful walking trail around the pond. Great view from atop the tower. Most importantly, open and clean bathrooms! Very highly recommended for an afternoon at the splash park or a quick lunch outside!
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