Gene Leahy Mall at the Riverfront

Omaha’s central urban park’s modernizations included a much-expanded multi-phase development, better connecting the city to the river while densifying the park’s spaces and activities. In the first phase’s recessed level, a central pond is dark and alive with water plantings, wrapped on four sides with promenades and traversed by a stepping stone bridge, teeing off an area for radio-controlled miniature boating. On the park’s west end, at the top of its great lawn, a membrane pool reflects the form and colors of a contemporary sculpture. And, in a sloped area zoned for play, a series of stepped, interlocking forms, reminiscent of 1970’s ‘landscape furniture’, all flowing in water and shaded by internal trees, offer immersive, wet experiences for visitors.

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