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
WARREN SWIGART CLUBHOUSE
The Warren Swigart Clubhouse is getting remodeled for the first time since 1969! The project will include a new roof, new doors and windows, remodeling the interior, updating the restrooms, updating the interior and exterior finishes, replacing the concrete patio and entrance walkway, and more.
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 11,000 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 8.000 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 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 2021!
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 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. On Saturday, July 30, 2016 the Elmwood Centennial Golf Tournament paid homage to the past with bagpipes, pre WWII cars, and micro brews for golfers to sample throughout the course. After the rounds, participant and family were invited to the post party featuring dinner and live music from Hold On. The event hosted 144 players and SOLD OUT.We thank all of the Hole Sponsors, donators, volunteers, and attendees who raised money to support improvements to Omaha parks, community centers, and recreation facilities.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS PARTNERSHIP
In 2015, the Kansas City Chiefs expanded their Red Friday celebration throughout the Chiefs Kingdom to Omaha. During this event, "This is Chiefs Kingdom" flags are sold at City of Omaha Community Centers, Hy-Vee stores and gas locations for a minimum of $5. All donations and proceeds from Red Friday go to the improvement of Omaha parks. Red Friday is September 9, 2016, and this year's flag sales will benefit the Kerrie Orozco Memorial Ballfield Project.
On July 14, 2016, the Kansas City Chiefs held a Play60 clinic at Miller Park. Play60 is the NFL's national campaign designed to encourage young fans to be active for 60 minutes a day. The Omaha Parks Foundation is proud to partner with the Kansas City Chiefs to promote health and fitness among Omaha's youth. The clinic was followed by a dedication of the ballfield, which was newly renovated using proceeds from Red Thursday 2015. The ballfield will be named for Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco, who coached youth baseball and worked on the Omaha Police gang unit before her death in May 2015.
KOREAN-VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL STATUE
The OPF has committed a minimum of $10,000 in 2016 to 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.
RENOVATION OF ALLPLAY PLAYGROUND AT BENSON PARK
Phase II of the $1.2 million dollar AllPlay Benson Park project broke ground on Friday, July 11, 2014. The new 8,500 square foot playground will feature a large play structure with slides, climbers, swings and activity panels. The playground will be fully accessible for children and adults with disabilities with ramps up to the elevated play features and rubber surfacing under the entire playground.
RENOVATION OF SCHROEDER-VOGEL PLAYGROUND AND METCALFE PARK PLAYGROUND
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.
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.