Visitors to downtown Omaha will see changes in the works starting in March. Plans are in the works to redevelop the Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland of America Park and Lewis and Clark Landing. Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority CEO Roger Dixon says work will start soon.
Dixon says, “Beginning early March, you will see fences going up around the Gene Leahy Mall. That project will last through mid-2021. The trees will start coming out and then they will start the demolition. As far as traffic impact, this will be a construction site and there will be an impact.”
The project includes the removal of the 13th Street bridge on the park’s west side. The sunken park will be brought up to street level. The 10 acre park is located at 13th and Farnam Street, downtown.
Lewis and Clark Landing is located along 515 North Riverfront Drive and is a 23 acre park. Renovations should be complete there by 2023.
Heartland of America Park is located at 800 Douglas Street and is a 31 acre park located between I-80 and the Missouri River. That project will be the longest to complete. Construction will start in 2020 and wrap up in late 2024.