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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.

Omaha's Parks Now Closed; Trails Remain Open

Apr 9, 2020
Omaha World Herald

Omaha's parks are off-limits to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mayor Jean Stothert announced yesterday that the city's 250 parks will be closed until the end of April, but the trail system will remain open.  Anyone caught in an Omaha city park faces possible arrest, and any unattended vehicle at a park could be towed.

Omaha Parks And Recreation is reminding residents that parks and trails are open. Closed signs are currently being installed at each of the city's 197 park playgrounds, and signs limiting users to 10 at a time are being placed at dog parks. Entrances to large parks will bear signage about social distancing and prohibiting large gatherings.  All city-owned sports complexes will be closed and OPR is notifying youth sports leagues and associations who use city fields that practice and games will not be permitted at this time.