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Gene Leahy Mall, Omaha

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3.9/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
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  • This is a very nice downtown green space that the city has done a lot to help improve, but they cannot get rid of the homeless and the panhandlers that basically "live" there. Only time I would ventur...  read more »
  • We were looking for something fun to do in Omaha with our little one. This park was a quaint stroll with the highlight being the massive slides that were a huge hit for even mom and dad. They were a b...  read more »
  • This is a pleasant park for a stroll, right in the center of town. I was surprised that even after dark it was safe with other people walking around and even kids playing at the playground. 
  • I'd be disappointed in an Omahan if they did not brighten up at mention of the "big slides." One of the big draws here are huge metal slides on a hill that are popular day and night with kids (and adults!). This is a unique modern urban park with waterfalls, a myriad of public art, benches, and sculptures. Kids love feeding the ducks, swans, and fish, hopping across the water, and looking over the bridges. A pleasant evening walk that connects the library, downtown Omaha, the Old Market, and Heartland of America Park (which connects to the convention center and waterfront). This park is much better than I remembered it. Worth checking out.
  • I've enjoyed the gene Leahy Mall since its Inception and building. It's a nice little oasis in the heart of downtown Omaha which gives people the chance to experience a little quietness and natural beauty. Some people find that it is scary or off-putting that the green space and Waterway is below the street level. They may feel uncomfortable that they cannot be seen easily by passing cars in case something goes wrong. This is a few more of perception than reality as there are very little if any crime that ever happens there over the last 30 years that I'm aware of. Walking through the mall you can see ducks and geese. He seemed to be fixtures year around. There is a bridge that crosses the Waterway. To the West is the main branch of the downtown public library. To the east it connects with the heartland of America Park. This makes it appear as one very large Park. On both sides are city streets and there's even several businesses and an apartment complex towards the Eastern end. For the children there is a large stainless steel slide. It's always filled with children families were just having a little bit of fun. There are modern sculptures that inhabit the Green Space. These can change from time to time recently, the city help celebrate the United States Olympic Swim trials which were being held in Omaha and they decorated the park with swimming themed sculptures in the water and around the area. My only complaint with the park itself is that the the city does not do a very good job of replacing lights quickly. When they're broken they tend to stay broken for a long time. My other issue is that they do not have someone who routinely cleans up litter that flies into the water. I know this could be a full-time job, and it probably should be, but they don't get the trash out as quickly as one would imagine a major attraction like this should do. Hopefully the city will invest a little bit more time and money in this treasure as they recently did an overhaul of the lake area and dredged the water.
  • Great outdoor slides! The kids had a lot of fun; we walked over from the hotel. We also ate at the parked food trucks at the west end of the park. There was plenty of shade and long steps to spread out and eat.
  • This area was really nice. There were a lot of people enjoying the night, walking around and having a good time. Right in the downtown area. Very chill outdoor area.
  • The slides in the pictures are east of the 11th street entrance. Take a piece of wax paper and you will zip like crazy! Careful though, they are washed but people still pee on them. Good spot to go for a stroll in the middle of downtown.
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