Registration for Crete Recreation Youth Volleyball and Flag Football ends on Friday, Aug. 24. Register for both programs online at RecDesk or at the Recreation office at City Hall.
Preschool storytime begins on Tuesday, August 28 at 10:30 a.m. We will meet on Tuesdays throughout the school year.
We will be reading, learning, playing, and singing through the story time hour. Children are welcome to bring an item to show and tell each week.
Registration is preferred, but not required, and is available at the Library or here.
Date and theme
August 28 – Say Hello
September 4 – Uni-horns
September 11 – I Am Yoga
September 18 – Pet Club Day
September 25 – Applesauce Season
October 2 – Claymates
October 9 – Misunderstood Shark
October 16 – Tag Along Moon
October 23 – Sky Color
October 30 – Make Friends with a Ghost
School Resource Officer Program
In cooperation with the Crete Public Schools, the City of Crete reestablished the School Resource Officer (SRO) program through a 2013 COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Hiring Program Award. Through this partnership, the school and city demonstrate their commitment to the future of our city and the lives of Crete’s children.
While in session, the schools hold a significant part of the community’s overall population; it might be argued, the most valued part. Assigning an experienced police officer to join the established school team has enhanced the delivery of vital educational and support services.
The SRO models professional behavior that promotes an air of mutual confidence, respect and trust with school officials to enhance school safety and security. However, it is understood that neither this program nor the presence of police officers in our schools guarantees safety and security.
The SRO program’s success led the school and city to sign an agreement that will continue the SRO program partnership through 2022.
Dawn Jonas is a 15-year veteran of the Crete Police Department and has served as the SRO since January 2014.
Jonas is a native of Hammond, Ind. and graduated from George Rogers Clark High School. She served honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 1991.
Jonas is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals – Great Plains Chapter, serves on the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force and on multiple Crete Public School committees designed to promote school safety. Jonas has also served as a Field Training Officer (FTO) and Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) instructor.
Jonas was honored by the American Legion as the 2016 Nebraska and Midwest Region Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. She was further recognized by the American Legion as the National runner-up. View media coverage of Crete's SRO Program.
Jonas may be followed on Twitter: @SROJonasCPD
"The Crete Elementary staff and I feel very supported by Officer Jonas. When I have a difficult situation or need advice regarding a student or family, I know I can trust and count on her at all times of the day.”
~ Crete Elementary School Principal Heather Wendelin
“Officer Jonas's strength is her ability to connect and build relationships with students and families. She is truly an advocate for our students and we rely heavily on her expertise!”
~ Crete Intermediate School Principal Lisa Fye
Jonas provides educational presentations describing individual actions that may be taken during active shooter events. The accompanying video links provide a glimpse into the run/hide/fight methodology. (Video: English or Spanish)
Local organizations may request a presentation by contacting the Police Department at 402-826-6422.
The largest park in Crete is Tuxedo Park, a 96-acre facility located in the northwest area of town, west of the Blue River. The main entrance is off West 13th Street at Tuxedo Road with a single lane bridge (weight limit 3 tons). (The back entrance is accessed from Idaho Ave. off of West 13th; this entrance is recommended for large vehicles and trailers.) A broad range of recreational facilities are provided in the park.
The park has restroom and shower facilities (April -October), 20 RV camping sites and dump station, and picnic areas. View camping fees and information.
Athletic Fields, Playgrounds & Facilities
Thom Stallard Legion baseball field and press box and the Howard Waltman Softball Complex with four fields host numerous teams and tournaments throughout the season. Baseball and softball areas both have dugouts, concession stands and batting cages. Reserve a Tuxedo Park ball field on RecDesk.
Cerny Memorial Park is a playground on the south side of the park with slides, swing sets, climbing bar, small kids play area, and a sand box.The east playground, located near the softball complex, includes a swing set, sand box and play structure.
The Izaak Walton League cabin and shooting range (trap, skeet, sporting clays) is located in the northwest corner of the park. This cabin and range is maintained by the Crete Ikes organization. The park also has a ski trail, hiking trail, horseshoe pits, and sand volleyball courts.
Saline County Fairgrounds
The Saline County Fairgrounds are located at the park for use during the fair in mid-July. Several buildings are owned and maintained by the Saline County Agricultural Society and rental information is available upon request or online.
The lakebed area in the southeast portion of Tuxedo Park is currently being leased (approved March 2018) for operation of a go kart track, Tuxedo Park Raceway. Scheduled races only are slated for Saturdays from May through October. Find more information online or on Facebook.
Click on the links below to download forms
Crete Fire Station
The Crete Fire Station, built in 1966, houses seven trucks and three ambulances, with an additional truck off-site. The station includes a meeting room, office spaces, kitchen, and multiple storage areas. Additional department equipment is contained in a multitude of storage compartments and cabinets. Inventory includes extrication equipment for vehicle and other accidents, as well as state-of-the-art breathing apparatus and tools to enter burning structures and combat hazardous situations. Take a station tour of vehicle information and station photos here:
Online Bill Payments
Utility bills can be paid 24/7 through the online bill payment option. Make a payment online
(This link is also available from the homepage.)
If you have any other questions, visit the Public Works Office (City Hall, 243 East 13th Street, Main Entrance on the south side of the building) or call 402.826.4312.
Utility Bills and Rates
Electrical Service: The City of Crete Departments of Public Works Electric System retails electricity within the corporate limits.
Water and Sewer Service:
Garbage Collection and Recycling: The City of Crete solid waste service is provided by The Garbage Company. A recycling tote is included free of charge.
Please see the Public Works sections at left for more information on these City services.
For many years, Crete Public Library has provided outreach services for the elderly and the homebound in the community. Programs are provided on a weekly basis at The Gardens, Tabitha, Premier Estates, and Centennial Terrace. In addition, books and other resources are delivered to those patrons who are unable to attend the library.