GIVING TREES: RESTORING OMAHA'S TREE CANOPY
The most recent July 2021 storms have impacted trees in our parks. Winds of 95+mph obliterated hundreds if not thousands of trees throughout the Omaha area. The city's Forestry Division is already extremely taxed due to the infestation of Emerald Ash Borer and regular forestry maintenance, but especially in the ability to fund the replacement of such a massive loss of trees. We would love to replace the damaged trees. If you would like to help in this initiative, please consider donating today. Tree replacement is $250 per tree. However, we will gladly collect any amount.
NORTH OMAHA TRAIL PROJECT
PLAYGROUND RENOVATIONS / EXPANSIONS
Gallagher Park, located at 2936 N. 52nd St. In planning phase. Expected completion - 2023.
Parkside Park, located at 14120 Pine St. In collaboration with the HOA, Omaha Parks Foundation, and City of Omaha, planning has begun to replace the small playground structure with another that allows for more play to a wider span of ages. If you wish to donate to this project, please click here.
With direct involvement from the neighborhood, Brown Park will be coming to life in 2021! Additions include a brand new playground, picnic areas, additional parking, and a new connecting sidewalk.
Hillsborough neighborhood is receiving a new sprayground! Featuring a fun, flower-themed structure with multiple slides. Kids will be sure to have a unique water play experience!
INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND FOR LAKE ZORINSKY
Disability does not discriminate - it affects all demographic areas and socioeconomic groups. But did you know that there are no accessible, inclusive, barrier-free playgrounds west of 84th street in the Omaha area?! The first phase of the Lake Zorinsky Project is an accessible and inclusive play structure. The current playground has a 3,500 square feet footprint. Imagine Inclusions plan would grow it to 9,500 square feet! Some of the features include 2 access ramps, flat rubber surfacing with color changes to indicate hazards, and an in ground merry-go-round!
EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB) EPIDEMIC
EAB is an invasive Asian beetle that was first discovered in Michigan in 2002. Currently Omaha has 14,000 ash trees on city right of ways and maintained park land and an estimated 31,000 in forest areas of city parks alone. EAB could potentially destroy up to 14% of Omaha's tree canopy which is why the Omaha Parks Foundation has partnered with the City of Omaha Forestry Division to help with the recovery of trees lost to EAB. Since arriving in Omaha, EAB has forced the removal of nearly 7,000 trees with about 7,000 waiting to be removed. Each replacement tree costs about $250. If you would like to contribute to our tree replacement fund, click here.
MEMORIAL PARK ROSE GARDEN ENHANCEMENT
Thanks to a generous donor, an upgrade was recently completed at the Memorial Park Rose Garden just to the north of the memorial. The intention is to go above and beyond to honor those who have served our country.
HUMMEL & ADAMS DAY CAMP SCHOLARSHIP
The OPF has a dedicated fund to provide scholarships to children in the Omaha community to attend summer day camp. We continue to collect donations to provide scholarships. For more information about providing scholarships contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recognize that safe, well used parks contribute to more interactive and vibrant neighborhoods. Donations have helped fund renovations and expansions of Omaha parks. The Omaha Parks Foundation is proud to have helped renovate or expand the following parks: Bemis, Benson Lions, Elmwood, Hanscom, Kingswood, Metcalfe, Schroeder-Vogel, Spring Lake, & Ta-Ha-Zouka Park.
RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT & OPPORTUNITIES
We work with community centers, parks, and neighborhood associations to provide additional recreational opportunties. Donations range from new balls, furniture, equipment, scholarships, to new parks, paths, and trails.All donations big and small are appreciated. You can see our current WISH LIST HERE.
STANDING BEAR FLOATING TRAIL
The new floating trail at Standing Bear finally completes the loop around the lake! This trail is 8ft wide, 1,000 ft long, and features a handicapped-accessible kayak launch.
Miller Park has undergone major renovations beginning in 2020 including a new loop trail around the park, a state-of-the-art dog park, sprayground, basketball and pickleball courts, amphitheater, and a new pavilion will be coming in 2022!
"TEE IT UP FORE OMAHA PARKS!" Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Johnny Goodman Golf Course.
On September 9th, 2021, the Omaha Parks Foundation hosted golf enthusiasts and park supporters in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Johnny Goodman Golf Course and raising funds to support Jr. Programs (swimming, golf, & tennis lessons as well as summer day camps). Scholarships and instructional support will begin summer 2022. If you wish to contribute to Jr. Program Scholarship fund, please click here.
MEMORIAL PARK MONUMENTS
The Victory 95’ Monument and the Marine Medallion were relocated from the Heartland of America Park in 2020. Memorial Park has become a special place dedicated to all military Veterans.
SPLASHPAD & PLAYGROUND PROJECTS
Outdoor Recreation Products beautifully designed and updated the following splashpads and playgrounds in Omaha: Orchard Park Splashpad, Fontenelle Park Splashpad, Morton Park Splashpad, Hanscom Park Playground, Cottonwood Park Playground, and Spring Lake Park Playground.
USS OMAHA (SSN 692) MEMORIAL
A design for the USS Omaha (SSN 692) Memorial has been selected and will be built at the southeast entrance to Levi Carter Park, near Eppley Airfield, on Abbot Drive and accessible to the entire metro area. The submarine USS Omaha (SSN 692) served on the front lines of the Cold War from 1978 to 1995. After the submarine had completed its service life, it was decommissioned and dismantled for scrap. The City of Omaha has an opportunity to resurrect the Omaha as a memorial to the soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and guardsman who served our country, sometimes thanklessly, during the years since the end of the World War II.The most recognizable portions of the USS Omaha (SSN-692), the sail and rudder were reserved for possible use as a memorial to Omaha, Nebraska and Iowa veterans. Several local veteran's organizations have partnered with the City of Omaha and the Omaha Parks Foundations to erect a permanent, memorial display of the decommissioned US Navy submarine USS Omaha (SSN-692).
ELMWOOD CENTENNIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT (2016)
2016 marked a very significant milestone for Omaha's beloved Elmwood Golf Course. Exactly 100 years ago, the first ball was teed up and millions of rounds have been played since. To celebrate this significant occasion the Omaha Parks Foundation hosted the Elmwood Centennial Celebration Golf Tournament.
KOREAN-VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL STATUE (2016)
The OPF has assisted with funding the refurbishment of the Korean-Vietnam War Statue at Memorial Park.
VETERANS SHINE ON
Omaha Parks Foundation partners with the City of Omaha Parks, Recreation, and Public Property department in their annual Veterans Shine On lighting ceremony. Every year, Memorial Park is lit in patriotic colors to shine a light on our nation's veterans and thank them for their service. This year, Omaha Parks Foundation helped pay for the beautiful lights that illuminated the colonnade, as well as the repair of the structure.
PLAYGROUND RENOVATIONS & EXPANSIONS
Elmwood Park Expansion, located at 802 S. 60th St. A public-private partnership between a private donor, the City of Omaha, and the Omaha Parks Foundation allowed the Elmwood Park Playground to receive a play structure geared at the 2–5 year-old population, additional swings, a climbing structures, and new surfacing. (2016)
Schroeder-Vogel Park, located at 5115 Hickory St. The Omaha Parks Foundation worked with the Aksarben-Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association and the City of Omaha to overhaul the outdated play structure and replace it with new equipment, seating, and sunshades. (2015)
Benson Park ALLPLAY Renovation - location 7028 Military Avenue. In partnership with the ALLPLAY Foundation and City of Omaha, a new 8,500 square foot playground was installed that features a large play structure with slides, climbers, swings and activity panels. The playground is fully accessible for children and adults with disabilities with ramps up to the elevated play features and rubber surfacing under the entire playground. (2014)
Metcalfe Park, located at 1700 Country Club Ave. The Omaha Parks Foundation partnered with the Metcalfe-Harrison Neighborhood Association and the City of Omaha in the $150,000 playground renovation at Metcalfe Park in 2011. Since then, additional improvements have been made including adding play structures.
SOUTH OMAHA TRAIL BENCHES
As part of the first phase of the South Omaha Trail, the Darden Company donated money to the Omaha Parks Foundation to purchase and install two benches to mark the occasion.
NEBRASKA FURNITURE MART BRIDGE
The bridge at Nebraska Furniture Mart was designed and installed with funds donated by NFM to the Omaha Parks Foundation, who then passed the donation on to the city so the project could be completed.
DONATION OF SPORTS EQUIPMENT AND CARTS TO LOCAL COMMUNITY CENTERS.
Community Centers always need more equipment for their gymnasiums, recreation, and weight rooms. OPF is proud to help them in their efforts to keep clean, updated facilities for all Omaha residents to enjoy.