Hummel Park amphitheater (copy)

Campers sit on limestone slabs in the Hummel Park amphitheater. Brook Bench, Omaha’s parks director, estimated that the city saved $30,000 to $50,000 by using limestone salvaged from Gene Leahy Mall for the project.

The Omaha city government deserves a pat on the back for sensible reuse of materials from the Gene Leahy Mall as the downtown area undergoes extensive renovation.

The city will use limestone from Gene Leahy Mall at Hummel Park, Brown Park and Levi Carter Park and to rebuild retaining walls along the city’s trail system. Slabs of smooth limestone now provide seating at the Hummel Park amphitheater, replacing cinder blocks and planks, with plans for reuse of much more of the materials, The World-Herald’s Kevin Cole reports.

“None of these materials are going to waste,” said Brook Bench, the city’s parks director. “We’ve been discussing this riverfront renovation for almost three years now, and we’ve been thinking about how we can reuse these materials. Anything that can be reused and salvaged is being salvaged and reused.”

Through such work, Omaha is setting an excellent example of proper stewardship of public resources.

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