Recreation

Summer Ball Program
The Giltner Summer Ball Program is a newly developed organization to assist the Lions Club to organize softball and baseball in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. Here are the many grants that helped build our fields: Hamilton Community Foundation, Mather Foundation, Farr Foundation, Virgil Eihuesen Foundation, Baseball Tomorrow Fund, New York, NY, Peter Kiewitt Foundation, Omaha. Trees were donated by an anonymous donor. The posts and cement surrounding the park were installed by members of the GADC and other volunteers.

Village Park
The Village park has greatly improved over the years. By the use of a grant from Kiewitt Foundation, set up by the village volunteers, they have built new playground equipment. They have also built a new basketball court with the help of a grant from Hamilton Community, and volunteers who poured cement.


Family Fun

YMCA
Together the nation's more than 2,500 YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in America, working to meet the health and social service needs of 18.9 million men, women and children in 10,000 communities in the United States. Y's are for people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes. No one is turned away for inability to pay. YMCAs' strength is in the people they bring together. You can find a YMCA near you in Hastings (31 miles from Giltner) and Grand Island, Nebraska (25 miles from Giltner).
  • Hastings Phone: 402-463-3139
  • Grand Island Phone: 308-395-9622

Leadership Center
You can find everything you need at the Leadership Center in Aurora, NE (12 miles). They have twenty-eight motel-type rooms in Kiewit Lodge. There is a wide variety of delicious food choices which are served in the dining room. They also have small breakout rooms and large auditoriums. Their recreations consist of an indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, volleyball and basketball courts that provide year-round fun. Outdoor sand volleyball, horseshoes, paddle boats and fishing add hours of pleasure to your visit. Golf courses and tennis courts are close by for your enjoyment. For more information, call (402) 694-2979.
Website: http://www.cityofaurora.org/leadership/youth.htm

Edgerton Explorit Center
Exists to instill and nurture in all people the joy of scientific discovery and exploration through hands-on learning experiences. Located in Dr. Harold Edgerton's home town of Aurora, NE (12 miles) the EEC inspires kids age 2 to 92 through exciting activities and state-of-the-art programming. Come join them as they help you see through the eyes of discovery. For more information, call (402) 694-4032.
Website: http://www.destinationets.com

Stuhr Museum
Praised as "one of the top '10' places to relive America's past" by Good Housekeeping magazine, Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer offers a hands-on living history experience that tells the story of early town building in Nebraska. Stuhr Museum is a world-class, nationally recognized educational and cultural institution, an outdoor living museum in Grand Island, Nebraska (25 miles from Giltner). For more information, call (308) 385-5316.
Website: http://www.stuhrmuseum.org

Bremer Center
The Bremer Center is an organized athletic facility for adults as well as children. They also facilitate many meetings for the Hamilton County area. Located in Aurora, Nebraska (12 miles from Giltner). For more information, call (402) 694-2035.

Great Platte River Archway Monument
The Great Platte River Archway Monument is a bridge that pays tribute to the perseverance and ingenuity that developed our wonderfully diverse culture and dynamic American heritage and culture. Located in Kearney, Nebraska (Approximately 55 miles from Giltner). For more information, call (877) 511-ARCH.
Website: http://www.archway.org/default.php

Hastings Museum/Lied Super Screen Theatre/J.M. McDonald Planetarium
14th St. & Burlington Ave (Approximately 31 miles from Giltner). For more information, call (402) 461-4629 or (800) 508-4629.
Website: http://www.hastingsmuseum.org


Area Lakes

Sherman Lake
Sherman Reservoir has 68 miles of shoreline that visitors can explore. There are many places where you can access the water for boating and other activities. Enjoy time outdoors by having a picnic or going swimming. Fishing, boating, sailing, and water skiing are only a few of the activities that visitors enjoy. Located southwest of Loup City and Sherman Reservoir is Bowman Lake. You can enjoy further fishing or swimming at this location, in addition to row boating and hunting when in season. Playground and picnic facilities are also located here (Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Giltner).

Harlan Reservoir
This reservoir offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities including fishing, hunting, boating, hiking and sightseeing. Three active boat ramps provide access to Nebraska's second largest lake. Upgraded electrical sights and group shelters available year-round. Recreational season is Apr-Oct. and has a camping fee. 308-799-2105 Handicapped Accessible (Approximately 2 hrs from Giltner).

Lovewell Lake
Lovewell Lake is just four miles east and 10 miles north of Mankato in Kansas and only eight miles south of Superior in Nebraska. It provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities, with a surface area of 2,980 acres and 43 miles of shoreline. Nestled in a deep valley, the lake is protected from high summer winds by steep tree-covered hills on the south. Lovewell State Park is on the lake's north shore providing a full-service office with interpretive center. A marina, boat ramp, designated swimming area, camper hookups and picnic areas are available. Six native log cabins have recently been built that will accommodate up to 8 persons (Approximately 1hr 20 min from Giltner).

Calamus Reservoir
Located 5 miles northwest of Burwell. Nearest highway, Nebraska 91. Reservoir open 24 hours. Good access roads. Fishing season is year round. Available species include walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, and crappie. Irrigation supply reservoir experiencing moderate fluctuations. Reservoir peaks at 5,125 surface acres (Approximately 2 hrs from Giltner).

Timberlake
Timberlake is a premier youth camping organization with four distinct campsites all at the same location! With 29 years of camping excellence, they provide high energy activities, age appropriate programming, and creative housing for your camper to have the most amazing week of their summer. Their program is Christ centered enabling campers from many different backgrounds to explore issues related to faith and to grow in a loving, caring atmosphere. It is located by Central City (Approximately 53 minutes from Giltner).
Website: http://www.timberlake.org


Area Golf Courses

Aurora Country Club
The Aurora golf course is nine holes and is semi-private. Located: 19th & L St Aurora, Nebraska. (Approximately 12 miles from Giltner) For more information, call: (402) 694-3662

Grand Island Municipal Golf Course
The Grand Island Municipal Golf Course is eighteen holes and is public. Located: 2800 N Shady Bends Rd Grand Island, Nebraska (Approximately 32 minutes from Giltner). For more information, call: (308) 385-5340

Pasture Golf Course
Nine holes located at 901 E St Chapman Nebraska (Approximately 30 minutes from Giltner). For more information, call: (308) 986-2669

Wood River Country Club
The Wood River golf course is nine holes and is semi-private. Located: Holing Rd Wood River, Nebraska (Approximately 37 minutes from Giltner). For more information, call: (308) 583-2225

Fonner View Golf Course
The Fonner View Golf Course is nine holes and is public. Located: 2224 S Stuhr Rd Grand Island, Nebraska (Approximately 25 miles from Giltner). For more information, call: (308) 382-0202

Elks Country Club
The Elks Country Club is nine holes and is public. Located: 1001 N 6th Ave Hastings, Nebraska (Approximately 31 miles from Giltner). For more information, call: (402) 462-6116.

Lochland Country Club
The Lochland Country Club is 18 holes and semi-private. Located: 601 Lochland Rd Hastings, Nebraska (Approximately 31 miles from Giltner). For more information, call: (402) 462-8783.

Southern Hills Golf Course
The Southern Hills Golf Course is 18 holes and private. Located: 3005 S Sern Hills Dr Hastings, Nebraska (Approximately 31 miles from Giltner). For more information, call: (402) 463-8006.

Crooked Creek Country Club
The Crooked Creek Country Club is 9 holes and semi-private. Located: 802 N Martin St Clay Center, Nebraska (Approximately 20 miles from Giltner). For more information, call: (402) 762-3807.

Indianhead Golf Club
The Indianhead Golf Club offers the most complete facility in the area. Tee times available up to seven days in advance. Located: 4100 West Husker Highway Grand Island, Nebraska (Approximately 25 miles from Giltner). For more information, call: (402) 381-GOLF.