Gene Leahy Mall

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Gene Leahy Mall
Christmas lights in Omaha.jpg
View of holiday lights looking west along the lagoon at the Gene Leahy Mall.
Type Municipal (Omaha)
Location Downtown Omaha
Coordinates 41°15′29″N 95°55′52″W / 41.25806°N 95.93111°W / 41.25806; -95.93111Coordinates: 41°15′29″N 95°55′52″W / 41.25806°N 95.93111°W / 41.25806; -95.93111
Area 9.6 acres (39,000 m2)
Open All year

Gene Leahy Mall, also known locally as Central Park or The Mall, is a 9.6-acre (39,000 m2) park located at 1302 Farnam on the Mall in Downtown Omaha, Nebraska and bordered by South 10th Street. The Mall is encircled by a long pathway that wraps around a large lagoon. There are also waterfalls, two huge slides, a horseshoe pit, and an amphitheater where outdoor concerts are held in the summer. The mall is decorated with thousands of lights during the winter holiday season.[1][2] Connected on its eastern edge with the Heartland of America Park, it is also borders the W. Dale Clark Library, the former Burlington Headquarters Building, the Old Market and the ConAgra campus.

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Originally conceived in the 1970s, the Gene Leahy Mall was named after Omaha Mayor Eugene A. Leahy, and is regarded as being a major impetus for the redevelopment of downtown into a thriving commercial, residential and cultural center in Omaha.[3] In 2005 a major redevelopment process began focused on redesigning The Mall and several areas surrounding the Old Market.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall | Omaha Attractions - Things to Do", Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 6/30/2014.
  2. ^ Gene Leahy Mall. University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Retrieved 8/22/07.
  3. ^ "New Vision for 11th Street", Omaha By Design. Retrieved 8/22/07.
  4. ^ "11th Street Update", Omaha By Design. Retrieved 8/22/07.