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Located in South Omaha and originally established in the 1870s as an urban park with a lake, sometime during post-World War II the lake was drained and Spring Lake Park became a dumping ground instead of a place for families to gather for Sunday afternoon picnics. A group of community advocates had long pushed to put the “lake” back in Spring Lake Park. Through the CSO Program, grants from Nebraska Environmental Trust and collaboration with Omaha’s Parks Department the lake, wetlands and a broad range of green elements transformed the area. The project was completed in the spring of 2017 and now the wildlife habitat is diverse and plentiful, the lake is stocked with fish, and residents have reclaimed the park. In addition to enhancing the beauty of the park, the green infrastructure reduced the need for the construction of a new, larger diameter pipe system downstream of the detention ponds which saved the city approximately $5 million dollars in grey solutions.
Visit the Spring Lake Park Project page here.