A row of greenhouses. Walking trails winding through wetlands. A BMX bike course, a playground and an urban farm.
These are all included in the vision for north Omaha's Adams Park.
But don't strap on your bike helmet just yet. This vision won't be reality for nearly 20 years.
The plan is to transform the 60-acre green space southwest of 30th Street and Bedford Avenue into an educational and recreational destination designed to be a catalyst for growth in the area.
Designers unveiled the blueprint at a community meeting last week and allowed the public to make suggestions on the plan before it is finalized in October.
St. Louis design firm H3 based the plan on input from a meeting in June, where city leaders and members of the public brainstormed ideas for the future of the park.
"They distilled three plans into one," said Pat Slaven, a park planner for Omaha Parks and Recreation. "The idea everyone was most interested in was a horticultural center."
The design's greenhouses and gardens are intended as a way to educate the community about sustainability and provide a place for local food production.
The renovation is a part of the three-decade, five-phase North Omaha Village Revitalization Plan, which aims to boost the area's economy through a $1.43 billion housing, retail and environmental redevelopment. The plan, approved by the City Council in July, provides a guide for investment in the area.
Although there isn't a set timeline for construction, Slaven said the park renovation will likely be completed in pieces over the next 10 to 20 years, with funding from a number of public and private sources.
"There's so many aspects to this plan," Slaven said. "It would definitely happen in phases."
John Winkler, a member of the group Leadership Omaha, which provided funds for the design, said he hopes to see the renovations happen sooner.
"Once some of these positive developments start to occur, I think investors and foundations in the community will step up," Winkler said.
One goal of the plan is to draw more visitors to Adams Park and the nearby Malcolm X Birthsite Memorial, which is also in the planning phases of a renovation.
Sharif Liwaru, president of the Malcolm X Foundation, said the large park is underused.
"It has the potential to be a citywide or regional draw," Liwaru said. "An improvement for the park is an improvement for Omaha."
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