Alliance, Sidney using ACE funds for playground projects

The cities of Alliance and Sidney, Neb., are using funding from ACE’s (Public Alliance for Community Energy) revenue return to help fund playground projects in their communities.

Alliance will use its ACE funds for an after-school playground project at the Alliance Recreation Center. Sidney is using $40,000 of its ACE funds for a new playground in Legion Park.

Alliance’s playground project is expected to be installed this summer and will be accessible for all community children and families.

Sidney has used its ACE funds for park-related projects in the past, including installing new lights at the softball fields in Legion Park.

The ACE revenue return program provides funds to its 75 ACE member communities. Through the years, more than $3.2 million has been returned to Nebraska ACE member communities and has been used for a wide range of projects such as park improvements, swimming pool and playground equipment, public transportation, recreational trails and community infrastructure projects.

The ACE Board of Directors approved a $400,000 revenue distribution to be allocated among ACE member communities earlier this year. Alliance received more than $27,000 of that distribution and has received more than $238,000 overall since ACE formed in 1998. Sidney received more than $31,000 this year and more than $226,000 overall.

The Voice of Choice

“ACE has returned more than $74,000 to the City of Neligh through its revenue return program. We’ve always used our ACE funds for community improvement projects such as a county-wide alert system, playground equipment and other park improvements.”
Dale Wilkinson
Neligh, Neb.
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"On top of providing revenue back to our City ACE also offers local groups the opportunity to participate in community clean-up events, which benefits our community and provides funds for local groups."
Tricia Allen
City Clerk, Blue Hill, Neb.
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"The distribution of ACE funds back to the Gordon community have assisted with a skate park, needed repairs at the community swimming pool and equipment for our police department."
Glen Spaugh
City Manager, Gordon, Neb.
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“Our community has used funds from ACE’s revenue return program for many projects, including assisting with umpire fees for the summer ball program, general park improvements, signage for Mill Race Park and Blue Bird Trail, and upgrading the camper sites at Mill Race Park.”
Shelly Wieneke
Deputy Clerk, Atkinson, Neb.
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