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Elmwood Park, Omaha

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4.5/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
The Elmwood Park neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska is a historically significant area that was developed in the late 19th and early 20th century. It extends from Leavenworth Street on the north to Center Street on the south; from South 50th Street on the east to South 72nd Street on the west. Home to ethnic Swede celebrations through the 1950s, today the neighborhood's park hosts the city's "Shakespeare on the Green" festival.HistoryBefore the neighborhood was created, the area was the focus of the first court trial ever held in the Nebraska Territory. The case took place in 1857 when F.M. Woods brought a case against J. Pentecost for land theft. Defended by Nebraska Territorial politician Edward Morearty, Pentecost won the trial.In the 1880s C.C. and J.E. George laid out Happy Hollow Boulevard and developed the area south of Dodge and west of 50th to Elmwood Park. They filled in the creek that ran along 50th Street and added sidewalks and streetlights. Homes in the area reflected the Colonial, Georgian and Tudor Revival styles. Omaha annexed Elmwood Park and the surrounding neighborhood on April 24, 1917.Park and boulevardIn 1889 H.W.S. Cleveland recommended that Omaha acquire a park large enough to shut out city sights and sounds in order to refresh the senses. Elmwood Park, founded in 1889 at 802 South 60th Street, was one of Omaha's largest parks through the 1950s. Soon after the city acquired an initial 55acre donation of land for the park, the Omaha Bee described it as a "wild and romantic place... containing a wooded ravine that followed the course of a small stream." They continued, "There are all manner of shady nooks in this dell, and some of the largest forest trees in this section of the country are to be seen in it." The park, along with Happy Hollow Boulevard, was part of Cleveland's parks and boulevard plan for Omaha. Today the boulevard runs north from Elmwood Park past the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus and Memorial Park, onward to Benson.
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  • I am writing today with disappointment in one of our vendors for our wedding. We were married on Sept. 18th in the Elmwood Park Grotto, which is a beautiful location. However, location aside, we did n...  read more »
  • A wonderful park offering something for everyone. Popular with mid-town folks. Beautiful trees and wonderful walking paths. Golf course is excellent offering great play for the weekend golfer. 
  • This part is located between two campuses of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. It is hillier than expected. While you need to be a bit carefull not to be run over by a golf cart, it is quite enjoya...  read more »
  • Lot's of Pokémon Stops as you walk up and down the main trail. A thirty minute walk, back and forth on the trail yields plenty of goodies ... And quite a few Pokémon spawns as well. Close to home. Always friendly people about doing their own thing. Abundance of shade. Plenty of room, so as not to be in anyone's way if you want to throw up a volleyball net, or play a pickup game of soccer. A nice "midtown" spot to chill, possibly make new friends ... And to catch some Pidgey's, Weedle's, Ratatat's, and the occasional Eevee :-P As if we need more of those. (Those who play will understand) All around, a nice family, kid, and pet friendly park.
  • This park is very nice and peaceful. Has some swings and slides for kids and also very nice open areas for any kind of activities. Love coming here during the evenings and just breathe the fresh air.
  • Great park in Omaha. Lots of running and walking trails, green space for soccer, Frisbee, catch, etc. Play ground equipment and ball field. Bathrooms and drinking fountains.
  • My favorite park in Omaha, lots of trees you can always find shade. It's just the right size walk, great playground
  • A large park right in the middle of Omaha. There is also a golf course here to and a small grotto to relax near
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