Lawn Conversion Program

The Parks & Recreation Division will reimburse homeowners, within City limits, dollar for dollar up to a $1,000 match for a completed lawn conversion or rain garden project. Submit projects to the Parks and Recreation Division for approval by the City Arborist.

What is lawn conversion?

Lawn conversion means replacing your current lawn with an eco-friendly lawn that is drought-tolerant, no-mow, or pollinator friendly.

What is a rain garden?

A rain garden is a depressed area in your yard that collects rain water via run off. This creates a filter for the water before it enters the local waterways along with other added benefits to the environment.

To receive your reimbursement:

     1.  Draw up design plans and a description of the project.

     2.  Contact the Parks and Recreation office at (402) 844-2250 to schedule a time with the City Arborist to review your plans.

     3.  Once approved, begin your lawn conversion or rain garden project.

     4.  Purchase your plants and supplies from a local nursery.

     5.  Locate your utilities. Diggers hotline 811.

     6.  Schedule a final review.

     7.  Bring your receipt to the Parks & Recreation office (309 N 5th St) for reimbursement*.

*Allow four (4) to six (6) weeks for reimbursement.

Limit of one (1) project per property/per year.

The program is limited to 25 projects per year on a first come, first served basis. Reimbursement requests cannot be accepted after December 7, 2023. Start your project today! 

For more information call the Parks and Recreation office at (402) 844-2250 or email