The City of Omaha has announced the neighborhood and community groups that will receive grants to fund art projects, landscaping, community gardens and National Night Out activities.
The grants, totaling $75,000, will go to 29 organizations, Mayor Jean Stothert’s office said. Several mini-grants will support National Night Out parties, which are held each summer to bring police officers and community members together for social interaction.
“This grants program creates important partnerships with our neighborhoods, and that’s why I like to recognize good projects,” Stothert said in a press release. “Our city is better because of the hard work of dedicated neighbors.”
Neighborhood grants are awarded each spring to qualifying organizations. This year, 41 grant applications were received.
Applications are reviewed by a committee of police officers, firefighters and other city employees, as well as representatives of Keep Omaha Beautiful and One Omaha. The committee then makes grant recommendations to Stothert.
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Below are the organizations that were awarded grants. Those that received a National Night Out grant will get either $100 or $200:
- Aksarben-Elmwood Park, $1,886: Park benches for Schroeder-Vogel Park. National Night Out grant.
- Armbrust Acres Homeowners Association, $1,400: Planting trees at the neighborhood entrance.
- Bemis Park Neighborhood Association, $2,750: Neighborhood landscaping and beautification: seeds, tools, landscape design, water tank, mulch and soil.
- Benson First Friday, $3,750: 2019 Public Arts Initiative. Banner design and youth art project costs.
- Benson Neighborhood Association, $4,730: Furnishings for a children’s nook at Benson Library.
- Big Muddy Urban Farm, $3,964: Marketing campaign to increase participation in the Gifford Park Neighborhood Market.
- City Sprouts, $5,000: Summer youth internship program.
- Dahlman Garden Club, $582: Supplies and tools for the neighborhood garden.
- Elkhorn Station Main Street, $4,964: Hanging flower baskets for the Olde Town Elkhorn Business District. National Night Out grant.
- Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association, $600: Gardening on the median at 69th and Dodge Streets.
- Escalante Hills, $4,900: Trees and mulch for neighborhood common area. National Night Out grant.
- Gifford Park Neighborhood Association, $5,000: Supplies and promotional items for neighborhood events including Porchfest OMA, Halloween and holiday banquets.
- Global Leadership Group, $5,000: Installation of a pergola at the community garden.
- Hanscom Park Neighborhood Association, $1,897: Equipment and supplies for second annual CenterFest.
- Highland South-Indian Hills Neighborhood Association, $4,992: South Omaha’s Back to School Bash.
- Highlander Neighborhood Association, $1,100: Supplies and activities for Highlander Community Day. National Night Out grant.
- In-Common Community Development, $4,467: A block party kit mobile trailer stocked with supplies for an interactive block party. National Night Out grant.
- Leavenworth Neighborhood Association, $1,800: Neighborhood shredding event.
- Metcalfe-Harrison Neighborhood Association, $5,000: Infant and toddler swings at Metcalfe Park.
- Morton Meadows Community Garden, $1,891: Covered picnic area and rainwater collection system. National Night Out grant.
- Parker Action Alliance, $2,807: Rededication and beautification of Parker Street from 24th to 35th Streets, including a free library, neighborhood cleanup materials and landscaping.
- Piedmont-Wycliffe Neighborhood Association, $332: Equipment for the citizen patrol.
- South 13th Street Community Action Group, $1,388: Materials for a 12-week demonstration of uses for vacant lots and green spaces in the neighborhood.
- The Union for Contemporary Arts, $5,000: The North Omaha Mural Project.
- Pacific Heights-Shaker Heights Neighborhood Association: National Night Out grant.
- Pepperwood Neighborhood Association: National Night Out grant.
- Quarters Neighborhood Association: National Night Out grant.
- Sunny Slope-Sunny View Neighborhood Association: National Night Out grant.
- Willow Wood Neighborhood Association: National Night Out grant.
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A group of seven women in bathing suits stand together outside the bathhouse during a Nebraska Power Company picnic at Peony Park July 20, 1927. The women all wear sashes labeled with their company department. Martha Bohlsen is "Miss Sales" in the center.
The Peony Park swimming pool in 1932.
The ruins of a new beer dispensary in Peony Park's beer garden, burned to the ground in June 1934 the day it opened. The loss was estimated at $5,000. There was talk of the fire being the result of a "beer war" between two wholesalers over the business, but was considered to be just speculation. The ballroom was saved from the fire by rains that night and opened the next day, serving beverages through a ballroom window.
At the 1944 J.L. Brandeis and Son's Department Store Brandeis annual store picnic, part of the entertainment was a 1920 dress fashion show modeled by young male employees. Bill Rosso is showing the latest "Scraperelli" creation on Aug. 8, 1944.
Jim Schwertley watches the water as a lifeguard at Peony Park in June 1950.
Peony Park opened "Wonderland" for the summer season in 1958 plus an "Around the World in 18 Holes" miniature golf course. Charles J. Malec (man maneuvering train across trestle), Peony vice-president who designed the 9 1/2 acre attraction said it cost close to $200,000 The boy waving in the photo is identified as Robert.
Former Omaha swimming instructor Bill O'Hearn and several of his former students at a 10-year reunion of the Old Peony Park Swim club then known as the Fehrs Swim club at Peony Park on July 3, 1960. Attending were Judy Macy Betterndorf, Patti Dwyer Karkreader, Janet Vincent O'Donnell, Bobbie Henderson Powell, Kay McCabe, Roberta Kiddoo, Carol Powers , Sharon McCoy, Theresa, Martha, and Colleen Werve and Edalou Hastings.
Ellen Goldstein, 18, and Gale Sayers, 18, were named Queen and King of Sports at Central High School's annual O Club at Peony Park on June 2, 1961.
Peony Park was strictly segregated until 1963. This was taken on the July 29, 1963, the second day blacks were admitted to Peony Park Pool. Members of the Youth Council of the Omaha Chapter for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People entered alone or in groups of two or threes. There was no trouble. Front row (left to right) F.J. Pepper of Omaha Urban League, Herb Rhodes, Betty Jo Moreland and Dale Anders.
Peony Park was a magnet for teens on hot days like this one in August 1968. The park's famous swimming pool was built over "a huge underground lake," according to Joseph Malec, Sr., and on especially hot days cold water from adjacent wells was pumped into the pool to lower the temperature.
Construction of a larger stage in front of the Peony Park band shell took place for the start of Omaha Symphony's Starlight Pops concert series in July 1969.
People wait in line for the slide at the Peony Park swimming pool June 29, 1969.
Omahan Frank "Dinker" Synowiecki, King of Polka Days sits with Queen Mrs. Lumir Ourecky of Wilber at Peony Park during the the Polka Days celebration in September 1972.
The mini train, now painted as a Burlington Northern train, with driver Ed Dietz on April 11, 1973.
Michelle Zuerlein, 7, is the first to meet Peony the Skunk, a new park character at Peony's debut on March 18, 1974.
Harry Hoover checks the cage on the Skydiver ride on Aug. 4, 1978. Neil A. Tetzlaff, 13, fell to his death from the ride three days earlier when the cotter pin that held the cage closed came out. Two other children, Alisa Rangle, 11 and Bryan Gibbons, 12 were in the capsule but managed to hang on when the front opened.
Safety patrol students enjoy a ride on the "Trabant" at the fifth annual Safety Patrol Day, May 14, 1978.
Disco Rondo drew hundreds of teens to Peony's Royal Grove on Sept. 5, 1979.
"Sprite Night", previously known as "Disco Rondo" night regularly drew hundreds of teens to the park. Here they dance on July 22, 1980.
Lisa Schroeder, 15, left and Judy Kinkaid, 16 whirl on Peony Park's "Hurricane" on Aug. 11, 1983
Kathy Thomas of Bellevue and her 3-year-old son, Cameron try out the Sky Lift on Aug. 11, 1983.
The Galaxy roller coaster gives Peony Park patrons a thrill in June 1985.
Omahan Mary Lynn Riley enjoys a cool, swirling ride on the waterslide at Peony Park in June 1987.
The Hurricane Ride, seen in August 1988. Bryon Conant of Missouri Valley fell to his death from this ride after standing up in the car after it was operating.
Dan Quayle speaks at Peony Park on Oct. 5, 1988. From left, Norm Riffel, state GOP chairman, Gov. Kay Orr, Rollin Olds, vice president Mutual of Omaha, Dan Quayle, Marilyn Quayle.
Peony Park's speed slides, seen here in July 1990, had drops of about three stories before leveling off into 6 inches of water.
D.J. McEvoy, 12, left and brother Clifton, 9, take one of Peony Park's cars for a test drive on June 10, 1991. In the background, from left, are their Father Bart McEvoy, Lee Terry, Steve Exon, Melody Jewell and Kathy Henningsen.
From left, Kim Barger, 18, Trevor Weatherfield, 20 and Gretchen Stanley, 18 sit outside Peony Park's Royal Grove after swimming at the pool in June 1991.
Peony Park employee Bruce Hawkins works on the "Flying Bobs" April 7, 1992, so it will be ready for the season opening.
U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey greets Katie Smedley, 14, with a kiss at Peony Park on March 5, 1992.
Peony Park in 1993. By the next year, the park had been closed for good.
Nicole Foltz demonstrates the "wiggle-wire" in Peony Park's arcade on May 14, 1993.
Shirley Duis, left, hugs her granddaughter, Stephanie Duis, and Pam Stone hugs her daughter Melanie, after the girls were rescued from the stalled Sky Lift ride on May 13, 1993. The ride stalled after riders were jumping and bouncing in their seats and dislodged a cable, causing safety mechanisms to stop the ride.
Employee Tricia Greguska, assistant to director of personnel, with some of the memorabilia for sale at the park's 1994 auction after the park closed.
Auctioneer David A. Norton sells off parts of Peony Park on April 16, 1994, after the park's closure. The ride behind him is the Zierer Wave Swinger and sold for $220,000.
An unidentified employee cleans up the ballroom after the last dance and dinner was held there on March 17, 1994.
Morning walkers Don and Gloria Glissmann take time to view the remains of Peony Park on June 30, 1994.
Auctioneer Tom Millie with signs and pinball machines that are among the items of Peony Park memorabilia sold at in December 2012.
A 25 cent boat ride from Peony Park, part of a huge collection of memorabilia that was auctioned off in December 2012.
Pool tickets were among the memorabilia for sale at an auction of Peony Park items in 2012.