The Omaha riverfront and the Missouri River looking south from the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. 

Leaders of the effort to reimagine Omaha’s riverfront are giving the public-private initiative a better chance to succeed by asking for public input.

The Riverfront Revitalization Planning Committee, which includes business leaders, downtown stakeholders, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh, has held public meetings and encourages residents to explore its website, riverfrontrevitalization.com.

Ideas include a revamped Gene Leahy Mall; an event lawn and restaurant at Lewis & Clark Landing; a campground and observation tower in Iowa; boat rentals and model boats on the ConAgra lake.

“This is not one side dictating to the other, and it’s not both sides dictating to the community,” said Mogens Bay, chief executive of Valmont and co-chair of the group studying ways to improve Omaha’s riverfront.

Engaging the public can boost buy-in, particularly important when tax dollars are needed to fund the developments.

The invitation is a welcome one.

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