Gene Leahy Mall still a mud hole, but its trees will glow
As the Thanksgiving lighting ceremony nears, downtown Omaha's centerpiece park remains a work in progress. In March, the Gene Leahy Mall lagoon was dredged. Then the lagoon's bottom was rebuilt to reduce silt intrusion and water loss. The liner has worked: Water from recent rains had to be pumped out so that other work could continue.
Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013 12:00 am
Downtown Omaha's Gene Leahy Mall looks like a giant mud puddle crawling with construction equipment now, but it will have its sparkle on by Thanksgiving.
A renovation of the park and its lagoon is behind schedule. Even so, Omaha Parks Director Brook Bench and Mayor Jean Stothert plan to throw the switch that sets downtown trees aglow on Nov. 28, Thanksgiving, during the annual opening ceremony of Omaha's Holiday Lights Festival.
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Monday, October 21, 2013 12:00 am.