Kippure Park

The City of O'Neill recently completed work on an Obstacle Course Fitness Park near Seventh and Tipperary streets. The new park is one block east of the Lion's Kiddie Park.

The park is supposed to be like a park in O'Neill's twin city, Wicklow in Blessington County, Ireland.

The project was funded by the City of O'Neill sales tax through the community improvement fund and a 25 percent grant from Elevation Fitness.

Located on the north edge of the city and east of the new elementary school, Torpin's Soccer Field have ten fields of various sizes, all with underground sprinklers. New trees line the north and west sides of the complex. A parking lot, concession stand and new restrooms are located on the north side, as well. 

Torpin's Soccer Fields

Located north of O'Neill's High School, this playground has a large assortment of equipment for children to enjoy. There are two picnic shelters with tables, as well as restroom facilities with running water. A new fenced tennis court has been added.


Reservations are required to ensure use of all park shelters and gazebos. Reservations are made by contacting the City of O'Neill's administrative office located at 401 East Fremont or call (402) 336-3640. Office hours are: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
*Signs informing the public of this policy are posted in visible locations in all shelters and gazebos.
Procedure to secure reservation: 
1) Contact the office and provide the following information: 
a) Shelter Location b) Name c) Date d) Arrival & Departure Times e) Event 
2) Upon completion of the reservation process, a receipt will be issued and must be available at the time of the event to secure the location, should another party occupy the site at the time of the arrival. 
3) All City property used for the event must be left as found and the area must be cleaned.

Lion's Kiddie Park

O'Neill's swimming pool is located in the park. The pool hosts at least two large swimming meets in the summer months, one being the championship of the club of which The Blue Dolphins (O'Neill's Swimming Team) is a member. Also, a new wading pool for toddlers with a large mushroom for the children to enjoy and a zero depth entrance has been added.

Saturday and Sunday 1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Monday thru Friday 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Evening Hours: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Lap Swim Hours: Monday thru Friday 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Kiddie Pool (4 & under) All Admissions $1.00 
Child (5 - 12)
Main Pool $2.00
Adult (13 & over) - Main Pool $3.00 
Family Season Pass $75.00 
Individual Season Pass $50.00 
50 Punch Card $45.00 
Lap Swim: Fees (Inc. in Season Tickets) $3.00

A large playground is located in the park wtih a wide variety of playground equipment newly installed within the last ten years. The east side has a sand volleyball pit and there are three picnic shelters located throughout the park, as well as a lovely gazebo which is used for weddings, class pictures and other events. Visitors will enjoy the shade of the lovely, historic evergreen trees that were brought from the Niobrara River and planted when the park was established over 100 years ago. Over the years, newer tree plantings have been completed.

Ford Park

There are 18 camping spaces with water and electric services provided. Restrooms and showers with hot and cold water are located close to the pads. The tent camping area includes grills and picnic tables, as well as a three acre fishing pond. The concession building which includes a brand new concession stand, restrooms, crows nest and maintenance shop is located near the rodeo arena and bleachers.


  • RV: $20.00/DAY
  • TENT(S) ON RV PAD (UP TO 2): $20.00/DAY
  • TENT OFF RV PAD: $10.00/ DAY

A tournament size complex of horseshoe pits (blue clay at stakes) has been completed. There are three well maintained softball fields with clay infields, as well. As of July, 2002, the complex will have hosted three straight girls Class C State Softball tournaments.

Visitors will enjoy viewing wildlife such as whitetail deer and wild turkeys.

Carney Park

"Nebraska's Irish Capital"

City of O'Neill

Schaffer Park

The Schaffer Park Complex is located in the Northwest part of the city. Some years ago the land was donated by the Schaffer family for use as ballfields. There are three smaller fields located on the complex for Tee Ball. Also, there are fields for Little League, Pony League and the Legion Field is the largest field on the complex.

A crow's nest is located on each of these fields, with radio booths in the Legions crows nest. The modern restrooms and a very nice concession stand is located on the west side of the grounds. A new shop is located on the east side of the ballfields.

The former tennis courts just east of the Pony field were converted into a basketball court with six goals. Young trees have been planted yearly around the complex for beauty and for future shade.