Some 25 area residents attended a brainstorming session to share ideas for use of, renovation of, and funding of improvements to the former Union Pacific Depot in Marysville.
The city is in the process of closing on purchase of the three block area north of Carolina to Calhoun on Hedrix Avenue, and will then in turn sell the depot and adjacent properties immediately north and south to a nonprofit group, which negotiated the effort. Dozens of ideas were presented, and will be prioritized as committees are established for building repurpose, renovation and restoration, and grounds improvement.
An article Monday in the Lincoln Journal Star highlighted the potential for that area to serve as a south trailhead linking existing bicycle and walking trails from Lincoln, south through Beatrice. The Blue River Rail Trail continues expansion north, and Beatrice recently received notice of a $250,000 grant to extend their trail south some four miles.
Anyone with an interest in the U.P. Depot restoration efforts is encouraged to contact chair Rachel Frye in Marysville. The group has a Facebook site, and is also accepting cash donations toward the effort. Annie Shain of Marysville serves at treasurer.