Proposed green space for Omaha Old Market

Non-profit organization Omaha by Design is proposing a new green space for the Old Market and is seeking community input. They held an open house on Friday to do just that. The park would be on the corner of 13th and Jones. The one hectare plot is currently a car park and community garden. “I feel like America has been prioritizing cars for a long time, we have a lot of wide streets and parking lots, so it’s really refreshing to see so much green space being brought back downtown,” said Luke Schroer, who works at the old market. Omaha by Design invited community members to view design concepts for a new downtown park and meet the designers. Color-coordinated stickers allowed people living, working, or visiting Alter Markt to say what they wanted to see: things like a garden patio, a rain garden, or a 12th Street plaza. Another board allowed people to indicate what activities they would like to do in the park, maybe work outside or just relax around the fire pits. “We want to get feedback on that and see if that resonates with people here or if there are additional things they would like to see,” said Kim Cooper, a landscape architect working on the proposed project. Private sources will fund the project as it progresses. They don’t yet know how much it will cost. The property owner says he has a passion for green spaces. He wants to see more of that. “I know it’s used as a parking lot right now, but I think overall Omaha has far more parking downtown than it needs, and we don’t care too much about that,” said Bob Schlott, the property owner. Designers tell KETV they are still in the very early stages of this project, but Schlott hopes this can all be completed by the end of next year if they find funding. If you missed Friday’s meeting but still want to give your input, you still have time. Another meeting will be held at South 12th and Jones Street on Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Visit omahabydesign.org for more images and suggested ideas for the park.

Non-profit organization Omaha by Design is proposing a new green space for the Old Market and is seeking community input.

They held an open house on Friday to do just that. The park would be on the corner of 13th and Jones. The one hectare plot is currently a car park and community garden.

“I feel like America has been prioritizing cars for a long time, we have a lot of wide streets and parking lots, so it’s really refreshing to see so much green space being brought back downtown,” said Luke Schroer, who works at the old market.

Omaha by Design invited community members to view design concepts for a new downtown park and meet the designers. Color-coordinated stickers allowed people living, working, or visiting Alter Markt to say what they wanted to see: things like a garden patio, a rain garden, or a 12th Street plaza.

Another board allowed people to indicate what activities they would like to do in the park, maybe work outside or just relax around the fire pits.

“We want to get feedback on that and see if that resonates with people here or if there are additional things they would like to see,” said Kim Cooper, a landscape architect working on the proposed project.

Private sources will fund the project as it progresses. They don’t yet know how much it will cost. The property owner says he has a passion for green spaces. He wants to see more of that.

“I know it’s used as a parking lot right now, but I think overall Omaha has far more parking downtown than it needs, and we don’t care too much about that,” said Bob Schlott, the property owner.

Designers tell KETV they are still in the very early stages of this project, but Schlott hopes this can all be completed by the end of next year if they find funding.

If you missed Friday’s meeting but still want to give your input, you still have time. Another meeting will be held at South 12th and Jones Street on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Visit omahabydesign.org for more images and suggested ideas for the park.

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