Lewis and Clark Landing is the third of three phases of the Riverfront Revitalization Master Plan that reconnects the downtown Omaha communities spiritually and physically to the Missouri River. The 23-acre park sits on a former industrial site with a seven-foot-tall floodwall that bifurcates the area. The site was remediated in the late 1990s and transformed into a public open space that consisted primarily of an open lawn, parking, a small riverfront marina, a restaurant, and a large paved event plaza.
The replanning of the park injects more dynamic spaces along the riverfront, to bring both active and passive relaxation together. A collaborative technical dialogue between the design team and state and federal agencies led to creative ways to achieve the park goals within limited environmental constraints. An imaginative playground focused on active exploration anchors the south end of the site, with towering climbing structures, an adventure path, zipline, log forest, swing canopy, and an interactive water/sand play area.