In 1889, noted landscape architect H. W. S. Cleveland recommended that the city of Omaha develop a park on its western edge to “shut out city sights and sounds in order to refresh the senses”. City fathers agreed with this need and were successful in obtaining a donation of 55 acres at 802 South 60th Street which they named Elmwood Park.
Today, the park sits in the middle of the city and covers 208 acres. Amenities include an 18 hole golf course, a popular community swimming pool, two baseball fields, miles of hiking and biking trails, an enclosed pavilion, as well as picnic areas and wooded, natural terrain.
The family friendly Elmwood Park neighborhood which is located South of Leavenworth and west of 50th Street is the site of many Tudor, Colonial, and Georgian style homes constructed in the early 1900’s. Smaller bungalows can be found, primarily on the southern part of the development. With its proximity to the recently developed Aksarben Village and emphasis on home revitalization, home values are steadily rising in the entire area.
Aksarben/Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association: http://aepna.wordpress.com/
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