Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sunday in Elmwood Park

I went to a classic Omaha park today. At least it's a classic in my opinion but I am not native to Omaha.

Elmwood Park is located right off of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's campus. You can get there by traveling east on Dodge Street and taking a right onto Happy Hollow Blvd. or by going east on Pacific and turning left onto Happy Hollow blvd.

Elmwood Park is definitely an urban park. It's situated by UNO and in the Dundee area. The park stretches a few blocks. There is a large open space for picnics, play areas and a ball field. It's a good place to gather.

The park offers a few nice trails. They snake through a small creek area and offer some nice greenery for eyes wary of concrete. However, the endless noise of vehicles and people persists unless you choose to walk later at night. I prefer night walking but that is me.

For the sake of some photo's I went during the day. Just a note: I like city parks at night and country parks in the day.

Elmwood has history:

In 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.[6] Soon after the city acquired an initial 55-acre (220,000 m2) 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 ...

This is taken from and is more than adequate as a start to learning about Elmwood's history.

All in all Elmwood is a great urban natural distraction. It's a great place to spend some time.

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