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Game and Parks seeks input on Buffalo Bill draft master plan

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking input on a draft master plan being developed to improve Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park and State Recreation Area in North Platte.

The master plan covers potential new development, programming and recreational activities that enhance the experience for future visitors. The plan incorporates new interpretation and programming goals centered around the life of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his home – Scout’s Rest Ranch.

The public is invited to attend a virtual public meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 1 via Zoom. Participants will be required to register at outdoornebraska.gov/buffalobillranch or outdoornebraska.gov/buffalobillsra.

The public meeting will consist of a presentation of the purpose, vision and goals of the plan and several potential development concept designs for the historical park and recreation area. Attendees can provide feedback on several proposed development ideas, which are unique to each park area.

“We know that Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park and State Recreation Area are very important family destinations and tourist attractions for the city of North Platte and surrounding areas,” said Jim Swenson, state parks administrator. “We encourage our partners, park guests and anyone with an interest in the park areas to share your thoughts on the draft plans to improve the parks areas for future generations.”

The public also is encouraged to provide additional input through a digital platform, which will go live Sept. 2. It can be accessed at outdoornebraska.gov/buffalobillranch or outdoornebraska.gov/buffalobillsra.

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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