This is a
list of . It includes cemeteries and golf courses. Most parks in Omaha are governed by the parks in Omaha, Nebraska City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department. [1 ]
History [ edit ]
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. Jefferson Square lasted until 1969, when it was razed to make way for a new interstate in [2 ] 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 km 2). 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 ]
Department of Parks, Recreation, and Public Property is the City of Omaha's agency responsible for administering public parks. [5 ]
Current parks [ edit ]
A trail at Wehrspann Lake in southwest
Heartland of America Park, looking south
Parks in Omaha alphabetical
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.
Andersen Park 134th and Cottner streets, Millard
Applewood Heights 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 m
2) 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 m
2) with a playground and ball field.
Benson Park 7002 Military Avenue
200 acres (0.81 km
2) with playground, football and soccer fields, horseshoe pits, basketball and tennis courts, fishing, walking paths, indoor ice rink, lagoon, and a pavilion. Created in 1931. [6 ]
Bent Creek Park
Bluff View Park
Bowling Green Park 7065 Blondo Street
7 acres (28,000 m
2) with a playground, ball field, basketball court, football field and walking trails.
4201 North 16th Street
Omaha Central High School's baseball field. [7 ]
Cancer Survivor Park
1111 S. 105th St.
Carol Gast Memorial Park 3501 Ames Avenue
Located next to Butler-Gast YMCA.
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
Colonial Acres Park
Cottonwood Heights Park
Cottonwood Park 728 S. 154th st
Country Club Manor Park
Crosskey Villages Park
Cuming Corner Park
Deer Hollow 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. Founded in 1930. [9 ]
Elmwood Park 802 S. 60th st adjacent to the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Escalante Hills Park
Esther Pilster Park
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
Faye Boulevard Park
3015 State Street
Located in historic
Florence, this park is 2.6 acres (11,000 m 2) 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 km
2) 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 m
2) 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 m
2), including a playground, ball field and basketball court.
Gene Leahy Mall 1302 Farnam on the Mall
Gifford River Drive Park
Glenn Cunningham Lake 8660 Lake Cunningham Road
Grace Young Park
H.H. Harper Park
Hanscom Park 1899 South 32nd Avenue
Harrison Heights Park
Harvey Oaks Park
Heartland of America Park
Hillside Little League Park
Hummel Park 11808 John J. Pershing Drive
202 acres (0.82 km
2) including a historical monument for Fort Lisa. The park was created in 1930.
James F. Lynch Park
John P. Munnley Park
Kenefick Park 100 Bancroft Street (next to the
Kellom Greenbelt Park
2310 Nicholas Street
A 6-acre (24,000 m
Kountze Park 1920 Pinkney Street
10 acres (40,000 m
2) 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
Lee Valley Park
Lewis & Clark Landing
Little Elmwood Park
Kenifick Park 100 Bancroft Avenue
Maple Village Park
Meadow Lane Park
Memorial Park 6008 Underwood Avenue
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
Mount Vernon Garden
Neale Woods 14323 Edith Marie Ave.
600 acre nature preserve; prairie and forest hiking trails; Millard Observatory (astronomy); operated by
North Oaks Park
Oak Heights Park
Oaks Park, Omaha
Omaha Botanical Gardens (aka Lauritzen Gardens) 2001 South 6th Street
One Pacific Place Park
Pacific Meadows Park
Palomino Hills Park
Park East Park
Pheasant Run Park
Pipal Park 7802 Hascall St
Prairie Lane Park
Rambleridge Park 11424 Fort Street
Raven Oaks Park 7901 Raven Oaks Drive
Rock Glen Park
Saddle Hills Park
Seymour Smith Park 6802 Harrison Street
Signal Hill Park
Somerset Park Wenninghoff Road and North 86th Street
Spring Lake Park
Standing Bear Lake 6404 N. 132nd st
Storz Rugby Complex North 16th and Storz Expressway
Sunny Slope Park
Timber Creek Park
Tomahawk Hills Park
Walnut Grove Park
Walnut Hill Park
West Fairacres Park
Western Trails Park
Westwood Heights 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
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Omaha Parks and Recreation. City of Omaha. retrieved 8/22/07.
^ City of Omaha Board of Park Commissioners. (1912) Annual Report. City of Omaha. p 4.
^ 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.
^ 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.
^ "Parks, Recreation, and Public Property", City of Omaha. Retrieved 8/24/08.
^ Benson Park. City of Omaha. Retrieved 10/5/07.
^ Boyd Park. Central Baseball. Retrieved 10/5/07.
^ Butler-Gast Branch. Metro Omaha YMCAs. Retrieved 10/5/07.
^ (nd) "N.P. Dodge Memorial Park". City of Omaha. Retrieved 7/4/07.
^ "Fontenelle Park," City of Omaha. Retrieved 9/25/07.
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