- Gene Leahy Mall
park=Gene Leahy Mall
caption=View of holiday lights looking west along the lagoon at the Gene Leahy Mall.
status=Open all year
Gene Leahy Mall, also known locally as Central Park or The Mall, is a convert|9.6|acre|m2|sing=on park located at 1302 Farnam on the Mall in
Downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The Mall is encircled by a long pathway that wraps around a large lagoon. There are also waterfalls, a sandy playground, a horseshoe pit, and an amphitheater where outdoor concerts are held in the summer. The mall is decorated with thousands of lights during the winter holiday season. [ [http://www.ci.omaha.ne.us/parks/Parks/2006parklisting.pdf "2006 Parks Listing"] , City of Omaha. Retrieved 8/23/07.] [ [http://netdb.unl.edu/westside/detail.cfm?id=5437 Gene Leahy Mall] . University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Retrieved 8/22/07.] Connected on its western edge with the Heartland of America Park, it is also borders the W. Dale Clark Library, the former Burlington Headquarters Building, the Old Marketand the ConAgracampus.
Originally conceptualized in the 1970s, the Gene Leahy Mall was named after Omaha Mayor
Gene Leahy, and is regarded as being a major impetus for the redevelopment of downtown into a thriving commercial, residential and cultural center in Omaha. [ [http://www.livelyomaha.org/whatsnew/11th_Street_New_Vision/11thStreet_New_Vision.html "New Vision for 11th Street"] , Omaha By Design. Retrieved 8/22/07.] In 2005 a major redevelopment process began focused on redesigning The Mall and several areas surrounding the Old Market. [ [http://www.livelyomaha.org/whatsnew/11th_Street_Update/11thStreetUpdate.htm "11th Street Update"] , Omaha By Design. Retrieved 8/22/07.] However, as recently as August 2007 there was public concern over the lack of maintenance by the City of Omaha. [KETV (2007) [http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=1462&u_sid=2055720 "Resident Concerned Over Gene Leahy Mall: City Says Area Patrolled; Litter Cleaned Twice Daily"] , KETV.com. 10/17/07. Retrieved 8/22/07.]
Parks in Omaha, Nebraska
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