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Omaha RiverFront project: It’s starting to come together

OMAHA, Nebraska – It is beginning to take shape.

Sidewalks are poured, pots constructed and native trees and grasses are starting to take root. However, this is only the beginning.

“We have a zipline and three enormous climbing structures from which children can down through slides. Katie Bassett, vice president of Parks for Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority, explains, “We have sand and water play, as well as a trail like a worm called the Adventure Path, which offers additional climbing opportunities.”

Rendering of the completed Riverfront Project(wowt)

Including essential elements such as the Skate Ribbon. In the summer, rollerblading is permitted, and in the winter, ice skating.

Also included is the Farnam Pier. A feature connecting the park to the Missouri River, perhaps a contemplative spot.

Bassett explains, “We have parts that will have a high population density and a lot of activity, but we are also offering spaces for those who want to come and read a book or have a quiet discussion.”

The 72-acre urban park setting was inspired in part by the Gene Leahy Mall, but the design of the Riverfront was also influenced by parks from across the country.

It is a unique development for Omaha that demonstrates the city’s expanding infrastructure.

Rendering of the completed Riverfront Park
Rendering of the completed Riverfront Park(wowt)

“I believe there is a great deal of growth along the river or in Omaha itself. Bassett explains that everything complements one another and relates back to building connectivity with the river and with the community, where we’re all working together to develop these areas.

Funding from the city of Omaha and local benefactors made the multimillion-dollar makeover possible.

There is currently no defined completion date for the RiverFront project. MECA employees anticipate the grand opening to occur in the late summer of 2023.

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