Parks in Omaha, Nebraska

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Docks at Dodge Park.

This is a list of parks in Omaha, Nebraska. It includes cemeteries and golf courses. Most parks in Omaha are governed by the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department.[1]

History[edit]

In 1854 Alfred D. Jones drew four parks on the original map of Omaha City. They were called Jefferson Square, which was paved over by I-480; Washington Park, which is where the Paxton Block currently sits at North 16th and Farnam Streets; Capitol Square, where Omaha Central High School is now located, and; an unnamed tract overlooking the river with Davenport Street on the north, Jackson Street on the south, North 8th on the east and North 9th Street on the west.[2] Jefferson Square lasted until 1969, when it was razed to make way for a new interstate in downtown Omaha. The riverfront from the interstate south to the headquarters of ConAgra Foods is now the Heartland of America Park.

Hanscom Park became Omaha's first park. Miller, Fontenelle, Elmwood and Riverview were Omaha's largest parks in 1920. (Riverview Park Zoo eventually became Henry Doorly Zoo.) Levi Carter Park was its largest, at 220 acres (0.89 km2). Other parks in the system that year were Bemis, Deer, Kountze Park, Curtis Turner, Harold Gifford, Mercer, Jefferson Square, Hixenbaugh, Burt playground, Bluff View, Spring Lake, Highland, McKinley, Clear View and Morton.[3]

Omaha's boulevard system was designed to be part of the parks system in 1889 by renowned landscape architect Horace Cleveland.[4]

Administration[edit]

The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Public Property is the City of Omaha's agency responsible for administering public parks.[5]

Current parks[edit]

The fountain in Heartland of America Park, with the Omaha skyline behind
Gene Leahy Mall looking west towards Downtown Omaha.
The Grand Court of the Trans-Mississippi Exposition of 1898 in what became Kountze Park.
The USS Hazard, also at Freedom Park.
A trail at Wehrspann Lake in southwest Omaha.
Heartland of America Park, looking south
Parks in Omaha alphabetical
Name Location Notes
22nd and Willis Park
Adams Park 3121 Bedford Avenue Created in 1960, includes a playground, picnic area, an overlook, paths, restrooms, and open space. There are ball fields, tennis courts and an outdoor tournament-quality basketball complex with glass backboards, scoreboards and fan seating.
Albright Park
Andersen Park 134th and Cottner streets, Millard
Applewood Heights Park
Armbrust Park
Athletic Park
Autumn Heights Park
Barrington Park 764 N. 164th st
Bay Meadows Park
Bedford Place Park
Bemis Park 3434 Cuming Street Founded in 1891, includes 10 acres (40,000 m2) with a playground, tennis courts, walking paths, picnic area and shelter located in the Bemis Park Landmark Heritage District.
Benson Lions Park 2005 North 66th Street 2 acres (8,100 m2) with a playground and ball field.
Benson Park 7002 Military Avenue 200 acres (0.81 km2) with playground, football and soccer fields, horseshoe pits, basketball and tennis courts, fishing, walking paths, indoor ice rink, lagoon, and a pavilion.[6] Created in 1931.
Bent Creek Park
Bluff View Park
Bowling Green Park 7065 Blondo Street 7 acres (28,000 m2) with a playground, ball field, basketball court, football field and walking trails.
Boyd Park 4201 North 16th Street Location of Omaha Central High School's baseball field.[7]
Brookside Park
Brown Park
Bryan Park
Cancer Survivor Park 1111 S. 105th St.
Candlewood II
Carol Gast Memorial Park 3501 Ames Avenue Located next to Butler-Gast YMCA.[8]
Levi Carter Park 3100 Abbott Drive Carter Lake has opportunities for water skiing, fishing and boating. The park has baseball fields, football fields, and basketball courts, as well as paths, picnic areas, shelters, restrooms, a pavilion and open space. Founded in 1891.
Christie Heights Park
Churchich Park 50th and C streets
Clarkson Park
Cody Park
Colonial Acres Park
Columbus Park
Conagra Park
Conestoga Park
Conoco Park
Cottonwood Heights Park
Cottonwood Park 728 S. 154th st
Country Club Manor Park
Crosskey Villages Park
Cuming Corner Park
Democracy Park
Dewey Park
Discovery Park
Discovery Soccer Complex
Dorothy Patach Park
Dodge Park 11001 John J. Pershing Drive Fishing, water skiing and boating on the Missouri River, as well as hiking, Baseball fields, soccer fields, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, a cricket field, a picnic area, pavilions, historical monuments and a campground.[9] Founded in 1930.
Elmwood Park 802 S. 60th st adjacent to the University of Nebraska at Omaha 1889
Englewood Park
Erskine Park
Escalante Hills Park
Essex Park
Esther Pilster Park
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
Faye Boulevard Park
Filmore Park
Florence Park 3015 State Street Located in historic Florence, this park is 2.6 acres (11,000 m2) and includes a playground, walking paths, a historical monument and a shelter area.
Fontenelle Park 4575 Ames Avenue Founded in 1893, currently has 108 acres (0.44 km2) with a lagoon, playground and paths, basketball courts, tennis courts, football fields, and a nine-hole golf course.[10]
Forest Lawn Park
Freedom Park 2497 Freedom Park Road Home of the Nebraska Cricket Club, USS Hazard (AM-240) and the USS Marlin (SST-2).
Gallagher Park 2936 North 52nd Street 18 acres (73,000 m2) including a playground, ball fields, a swimming pool and a historical monument to the former Krug Park.
Grace Young Park 6317 Military Avenue 2.4 acres (9,700 m2), including a playground, ball field and basketball court.
Gene Leahy Mall 1302 Farnam on the Mall
Gifford Park
Gifford River Drive Park
Glenn Cunningham Lake 8660 Lake Cunningham Road 1977
Grace Young Park
Graham Park
Greentree Park
H.H. Harper Park
Hanscom Park 1899 South 32nd Avenue 1889
Harrison Heights Park
Harvey Oaks Park
Heartland of America Park
Hefflinger Park
Highland Park
Hillsborough Park
Hillside Little League Park
Himebaugh Park
Hitchcock Park
Hummel Park 11808 John J. Pershing Drive 202 acres (0.82 km2) including a historical monument for Fort Lisa. The park was created in 1930.
James F. Lynch Park
John P. Munnley Park
Karen Park
Kenefick Park 100 Bancroft Street (next to the Lauritzen Gardens)
Kellom Greenbelt Park
Kellom Park 2310 Nicholas Street A 6-acre (24,000 m2) park.
Keystone Park
Kingswood Park
Kiwanis Park
Kountze Park 1920 Pinkney Street 10 acres (40,000 m2) including a playground, ball field, basketball courts, tennis courts, a community center, shelter area and restrooms.
Lake Forest Estates Park
Lake Forest Park
Lake James Park
Lamp Park
Leavenworth Park
Lee Valley Park
Lewis & Clark Landing
Little Elmwood Park
Kenifick Park 100 Bancroft Avenue
Mandan Park
Maple Village Park
McKinley Park
Meadow Lane Park
Memorial Park 6008 Underwood Avenue 1948
Mercer Park
Metcalfe Park
Miami Playground
Michael Thell NEA Park
Miguel Keith Park
Millard Heights Park
Millard Highlands Park
Miller Park 6201 North 30th Street Founded in 1891, the park includes a lake, artesian well fountain, golf course, trails, picnic areas, pavilion, playground, baseball fields and soccer fields.
Miller's Landing Park
Mockingbird Heights Park
Montclair/Westbrook Park
Morton Park
Mount Vernon Garden
Myott Park
Neale Woods 14323 Edith Marie Ave. 600 acre nature preserve; prairie and forest hiking trails; Millard Observatory (astronomy); operated by Fontenelle Forest
North Oaks Park
Northwest Park
Norwick Park
Oak Heights Park
Oakbrook Park
Oaks Park, Omaha
Omaha Botanical Gardens (aka Lauritzen Gardens) 2001 South 6th Street 1982
One Pacific Place Park
Orchard Park
Pacific Meadows Park
Palomino Hills Park
Park East Park
Parkside Park
Peterson Park
Pheasant Run Park
Pinewood Park
Pipal Park 7802 Hascall St
Prairie Lane Park
Pulaski Park
Rambleridge Park 11424 Fort Street
Raven Oaks Park 7901 Raven Oaks Drive
Regency Park
Ridgefield Park
Riverview Park
Roanoke Park
Rock Glen Park
Rockbrook Park
Roxbury Park
Saddle Hills Park
Sandoz Park
Schroeder-Vogel Park
Seymour Smith Park 6802 Harrison Street 1962
Signal Hill Park
Somerset Park Wenninghoff Road and North 86th Street 1994
Spaulding Park
Spring Lake Park
Standing Bear Lake 6404 N. 132nd st 1977
Stillmeadow Park
Storz Rugby Complex North 16th and Storz Expressway
Sunny Slope Park
Swanson Park
Templeton Mini-Park
Timber Creek Park
Tomahawk Hills Park
Towl Park
Tranquility Park
Trendwood Park
Turner Park
Unity Park
Upland Park
Walnut Grove Park
Walnut Hill Park
Wentworth Park
West Fairacres Park
Westchester Park
Western Trails Park
Westgate Park
Westroads Parkway
Westwood Heights Park
Woodhaven Park
Yale Park 3377 Lake street
Young Park 411½ N. Elmwood Road
Youngman Connector Park 163rd and Farnam Streets
Zorinsky Lake Park 156th and F streets 1993

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Omaha Parks and Recreation. City of Omaha. retrieved 8/22/07.
  2. ^ City of Omaha Board of Park Commissioners. (1912) Annual Report. City of Omaha. p 4.
  3. ^ Morton, J.S. and Watkins, A. "Chapter XXXV: Greater Omaha," History of Nebraska: From the Earliest Explorations of the Trans-Mississippi Region. Lincoln, NE: Western Publishing and Engraving Company. p. 831.
  4. ^ Morton, J.S. and Watkins, A. (1918) "Chapter XXXV: Greater Omaha," History of Nebraska: From the Earliest Explorations of the Trans-Mississippi Region. Lincoln, NE: Western Publishing and Engraving Company. p. 831.
  5. ^ "Parks, Recreation, and Public Property", City of Omaha. Retrieved 8/24/08.
  6. ^ Benson Park. City of Omaha. Retrieved 10/5/07.
  7. ^ Boyd Park. Central Baseball. Retrieved 10/5/07.
  8. ^ Butler-Gast Branch. Metro Omaha YMCAs. Retrieved 10/5/07.
  9. ^ (nd) "N.P. Dodge Memorial Park". City of Omaha. Retrieved 7/4/07.
  10. ^ "Fontenelle Park," City of Omaha. Retrieved 9/25/07.

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