10 Great Public Spaces

Omaha by Design knows public spaces. That’s why the organization launched its inaugural list of 10 Great Public Spaces in 2007.

The Omaha sites were compiled by Omaha by Design’s volunteer Place Game facilitators. The Place Game, a free service of Omaha by Design, is an organized way of brainstorming potential improvements to public spaces by listening to the people who use them. A great public space is accessible, beautiful, connected, fun, maintained, safe and used. It’s a place where people want to be.

Old Market

Old Market

11th and Howard

This intersection is the heart of the Old Market, a historic district of riverfront warehouses given way to shops, eateries and haunts of the artistic variety.

Dundee

Dundee

Southwest corner of 50th and Underwood

This corner of the Dundee neighborhood is a great place to sit back and watch the events of the day unfold.

Countryside Village

Countryside Village

Countryside Village

87th and Pacific
One of Omaha’s oldest shopping centers, the slogan for this active, pedestrian-friendly complex says it all – “a small town in the city.”

Heartland of America

Heartland of America Park

Heartland of America Park

800 Douglas St.
This 31-acre park, located in downtown Omaha, is a great place to escape the bustle of the urban environment.

Keystone Trail

Keystone Trail

Keystone Trail North

This serene, serpentine trail winds through neighborhoods and commercial areas along the banks of the Little Papio Creek.

Lewis and Clark Landing

Lewis and Clark Landing

Lewis and Clark Landing

515 N. Riverfront Drive
This 23-acre site, the spot where Lewis and Clark landed in 1804, features a boardwalk on the eight-foot-high river wall and a restaurant for indoor/outdoor dining.

Memorial Park

Memorial Park

Memorial Park

6005 Underwood
This 67-acre park, known for its floral displays and historic monuments, is the perfect place to walk your dog, toss a football or take in the occasional free concert.

South 24th St.

South 24th St.

South 24th Street (L to Q)

South Omaha is the city’s melting pot, and the City of Omaha – in collaboration with local businesses and residents – is transforming this section of street into a vibrant ethnic townscape.

UNO Pedestrian Mall

UNO Pedestrian Mall

Pedestrian Mall, University of Nebraska at Omaha

60th and Dodge
You don’t need to be a student to stroll along the UNO Pedestrian Mall, which bisects the campus and passes underneath the stately Henningson Memorial Campanile.

Zorinsky Lake

Zorinsky Lake and Park

Zorinsky Lake and Park

156th and F
There’s something for everyone in this west Omaha spot, including one of the city’s most popular lakes for fishing and boating.

Is your neighborhood a great place? Help improve the public spaces in your corner of the city by hosting a Place Game workshop. For more information, call 402.934.7055 or email info@omahabydesign.org.