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Gene Leahy Mall at The RiverFront

Gene Leahy Mall at The RiverFront is the first of three phases that implements the Riverfront Revitalization Master Plan, drafted by OJB in 2018. The master plan was a two-year effort that re-envisions the downtown Omaha and Council Bluffs park systems to reconnect the community spiritually and physically to the Missouri River. Constructed in 1974, the 9.6-acre Gene Leahy Mall had outgrown its role as a passive park and was looking to become a more active place, with additional social and recreational areas to serve the quickly growing downtown community.

The goal was to transform the space, which sits in the heart of downtown, into a vibrant and iconic regional destination. OJB worked closely with the city and local stakeholders to incorporate a multitude of amenities organized around a formal body of water, including a central event lawn and performance pavilion, multi-use social spaces, a sculpture garden, a dog park, an iconic children’s play area, an interactive water feature, restrooms, and a games area.

New public sidewalks, street trees, and energy-efficient lighting align the park periphery, and new cross-park connections better connect the north and south sides of downtown and the neighboring Old Market District. Water-efficient irrigation, bioretention facilities, and specialized soils ensure the long-term health of the native and drought-tolerant trees and plantings parkwide.

OJB also worked with the client, Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA), on a multitude of operations, maintenance, and programming components, including operations analysis, revenue generation, community engagement, programming guidelines, governance, and staffing recommendations.

The park is currently under construction and is expected to open spring of 2022.

PROJECT INFORMATION
Location:
Omaha, NE
Team: OJB Landscape Architecture, HDR, Gensler, Applied Ecological Services, RSM Design, Alvine Engineering, Studio Ludo, Fluidity, Pine & Swallow, MR Global, ADBC Architecture

 

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Gene Leahy Mall at The RiverFront is the first of three phases that implements the Riverfront Revitalization Master Plan, drafted by OJB in 2018. The master plan was a two-year effort that re-envisions the downtown Omaha and Council Bluffs park systems to reconnect the community spiritually and physically to the Missouri River. Constructed in 1974, the 9.6-acre Gene Leahy Mall had outgrown its role as a passive park and was looking to become a more active place, with additional social and recreational areas to serve the quickly growing downtown community.

The goal was to transform the space, which sits in the heart of downtown, into a vibrant and iconic regional destination. OJB worked closely with the city and local stakeholders to incorporate a multitude of amenities organized around a formal body of water, including a central event lawn and performance pavilion, multi-use social spaces, a sculpture garden, a dog park, an iconic children’s play area, an interactive water feature, restrooms, and a games area.

New public sidewalks, street trees, and energy-efficient lighting align the park periphery, and new cross-park connections better connect the north and south sides of downtown and the neighboring Old Market District. Water-efficient irrigation, bioretention facilities, and specialized soils ensure the long-term health of the native and drought-tolerant trees and plantings parkwide.

OJB also worked with the client, Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA), on a multitude of operations, maintenance, and programming components, including operations analysis, revenue generation, community engagement, programming guidelines, governance, and staffing recommendations.

The park is currently under construction and is expected to open spring of 2022.

PROJECT INFORMATION
Location:
Omaha, NE
Team: OJB Landscape Architecture, HDR, Gensler, Applied Ecological Services, RSM Design, Alvine Engineering, Studio Ludo, Fluidity, Pine & Swallow, MR Global, ADBC Architecture