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Louisville floating playground closed for season

The floating playground at Louisville State Recreation Area will not reopen for the season after the inflatables sustained damage during an incident in mid-August.

Eight of the playground’s 70 floating pieces were damaged Aug. 11 and became partially submerged. During inspections and repair of that damage, additional damage requiring repairs was discovered. Out of concern for public safety, and due to the time required to make repairs, the floating playground will not reopen this season.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is looking into the cause of the damage to determine future protection for the floating mats, a key feature of the Venture Park just south of Omaha.

The park’s other water features, including paddle boards, water bikes and kayak rentals, still are available.

To learn more, visit Outdoornebraska.org/Louisville.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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