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Omaha Parks Director Resigns To Head Nonprofit

Jun 22, 2020

The city of Omaha is looking for a new parks department director.  Omaha Parks Director Brook Bench resigned on Saturday and will lead a new philanthropic organization dedicated to park development.  Bench has led the Omaha Parks Department since being named director on an interim basis in 2011.  He plans to leave the parks department later this summer.

Pandemic Shifts OPD's Priorities

Apr 14, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting the Omaha Police Department's workload.  Authorities say the number of disturbances and domestic violence calls have increased slightly over the last two weeks.  Child abuse calls have decreased by 25-percent, which police say is due in part to schools being closed. The OPD is also issuing citations to those who do not obey the mayor's decision to close Omaha's public parks. Mayor Jean Stothert  officially closed the parks April 8th with barricades and signs posted the following day in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the area.

Omaha Parks System Ranks High on National Report

Aug 24, 2018

A new report by The Trust for Public Lands -- City Park Facts 2018 --- has some good news about Omaha’s parks.

Charlie McCabe, Director of City Parks Excellence for TPL, says for this report they examined the park systems in the country’s 100 largest cities. He praised the Omaha parks department, the public-private partnerships dedicated to Omaha parks, and especially Omaha’s trail network.