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Elmwood Park, Omaha

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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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  • Elmwood is located by UNO in the heart of the city. There is a golf course within the park and plenty of room for picnics, receptions, running and many many other activities. The park is kept clean an...  more »
  • This is the park adjacent to University of Nebraska-Omaha. It also includes a very nice, family friendly golf course, with nice views. They let you walk or rent a cart. Also includes pool, and great p...  more »
  • We went for a outdoor wedding down in the Grotto what a lovely place to be. People were also out walking and chit chatting as they went along, but we were hidden down below. There is always a lot of a...  more »
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  • Great playground, lots of summer activitys, one of the best parks in omaha!
  • 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.
  • Nice, friendly, and a clean family atmosphere.
  • Potheads n hippies
  • Beautiful place to have weddings and take family pictures especially in the spring and winter

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