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State park prepares volleyball court for renewed use


Jenny's REESources, by Jenny Rees, UNL Extension
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State park prepares volleyball court for renewed use
After several years with little use, the sand volleyball courts at Lovewell State Park have been refurbished with the hope they will again be used to host organized games.
The courts are located just northeast of the monument in the park's playground area.
In previous years co-ed softball and volleyball were popular activities at the state park. In addition to the current volleyball courts in the playground area, there was also a court near the beach. Several years ago that area was adapted to provide a handicapped parking area.
Though their popularity declined, the playground courts were not forgotten.
The original courts were in a windswept area that made playing on windy days difficult. Cedar trees were planted along three sides of the area. Those trees are now large enough to block the game interrupting winds.
The playground area includes a number of pieces of playground equipment and a disc golf course. The softball field has been removed.