Parks and Recreation
Location: 2201 South 13th Street
Ta-Ha-Zouka Park Improvements
This park consists of 180.3 acres along the Elkhorn River. There is a successful incorporation of the old and the new at this location. Included in the original park boundaries are facilities built back in the WPA days from 1936 to 1943. The old park area is heavily shaded by many stately old trees and the focal point is the large lagoon, left over from the days when the Elkhorn River flowed through the area where the park is now located. Also in the original park area there are 4 rental cabins, 2 large picnic shelters, 2 small picnic shelters, 1 sand volleyball court, multiple playground areas, 1 lighted official softball field (field #5), bathrooms at two locations, picnic tables, barbeque grills, canoe access to the Elkhorn River, fishing opportunities at the river and the lagoon (there is a handicapped fishing platform along the lagoon) and a public campground located between the river and the lagoon. An Off-Leash Dog Recreation Area and the trail head to the Cowboy Trail, are available for the public to use.
The $191,000 lagoon renovation project was completed in 2005. The project consisted of over 19,000 cu. yards of sediment removed to deepen the lagoon, the construction of two 20' x 32' jetties, the addition of one underwater aerator and four fountain aerators and concluded with the restocking of fish. Here are pictures taken during the project.
Athletic facilities have been built on newer additions to the park and they include:
Horseshoe Court Complex
This is a lighted and fenced 24 court horseshoe court complex that is sanctioned for championship play. There are concrete walkways between each pit and the compound has an underground sprinkler system. There are individual rubber pit covers to cover the clay and fence hangers for each and there is a wash tub for cleaning of the shoes. There are bleachers for viewing events. There are occasional tournaments held here.
Four-Court Sand Volleyball Area
This is a popular area in the park where you regularly see one or more of the four courts with teams playing against each other.
Adult Softball Complex
There is an official three field adult softball complex (fields #1,#2 & # 3), a dual batting cage, concession stand and a second story scoreboard/officials room. The fields are lighted, have scoreboards, sprinkler systems, covered dugouts and bleacher seating. There is a small playground next to field #1. Ballfield #4 is located a short distance west from the complex. Further west and into the original park area is the location of field #5.
Youth Ball Field Complex
Just east of and adjoining the existing adult softball complex there is a 7 field youth complex. The complex consists of 5 regulation youth, grass infield baseball fields and 2 regulation girls fastpitch softball fields and include full lighting, scoreboards, sprinkler systems, bleachers with shade structures, a playground and handicap parking spaces. These fields were designed for youth use. There are also 3 tee-ball fields as part of this complex.
River Run Disc Golf Course
A 9-hole course was built in the wooded area along the Elkhorn River in early 2006 and was expanded to 19 holes in the spring of 2007. The beginning of the course is located along the southeast edge of the softball field #4 parking lot and winds eastward along the river. Disc golfers should find this heavily wooded course challenging and a compliment to the more "open" Skyview Park Disc Golf course.