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Getting Here

Centrally located between the historic Old Market and north downtown Omaha, The RiverFront is a short walk from several hotels, conveniently located along the city’s mass transit system and equipped with ride-share drop off locations. Metered stalls and parking garages are also in immediate proximity.

Parking and Bike Share

Information for parking options and bike share rentals can be found on the PARK OMAHA website.

Metro for bus routes

ORBT and Metro Transit bus routes can be found on the METRO website.

You are welcome to:

  • Enjoy the park, including the lawn, when open
  • Spread blankets on the lawn, but not plastic material or tarps
  • Enjoy the entirety of the space – without entering planting beds, picking flowers, or climbing on sculptures or trees.
  • Use a park chair or bench designed for sharing
  • Take souvenir photos – commercial photography is by The RiverFront permit only
  • Deposit garbage in our trash receptacles
  • Play in our free activity areas
  • Connect and create memories with your friends and family

Park Guidelines Prohibit:

  • Smoking, vaping, alcohol and drug use
  • Weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Climbing on permanent park structures or trees
  • Disorderly behavior, unreasonable noise or intrusively amplified music
  • Panhandling, solicitation, distribution or sampling without a permit
  • Adding bubbles, soaps, food or other substances to The RiverFront’s various water features
  • Attaching or affixing items to park signs, trees, plants, fences or structures
  • Staking or adding signage within park property
  • Obstructing entrances or pathways
  • Riding bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades or scooters in the park’s pedestrian right of way
  • Personal property such as carts, furniture, tents or other structures
  • Open flames including cooking or grilling
  • Defacing park property
  • Fishing
  • Glass bottles or containers
  • All organized or league sports must be permitted and scheduled through The RiverFront

Permit Requirements

  • Amplified or excessive noise (including musical performances, drumming or rallies)
  • Affixing items to park property
  • Construction of structures larger than 4 feet in any direction
  • Blocking perimeter sidewalks
  • Commercial filming or photography
  • Advertising, selling or distributing products or services
  • Organized or league sports
* This is not an inclusive list. If you’d like to host something at The RiverFront, please contact park staff at 402-599-6565 or theriverfront@omahameca.com for more information.

Accessibility

The RiverFront is a park for everyone, including individuals of varying needs, ages and abilities. Renovations throughout all three parks incorporate gradually or gently sloping pathways, promenades and plazas that may accommodate visitors who utilize a wheelchair or mobility device. Signage placed throughout The RiverFront helps visitors easily identify the nearest accessible route, providing connection to all major attractions and amenities. Additionally, companion seating is available within the park’s various assembly spaces, including along fixed benches and picnic tables.

The RiverFront’s playgrounds and structures are also accessible, with slides equipped with transfer systems, climbing structures that offer interactive opportunities and low impact play features for individuals who may be prone to overstimulation. An identifiable trailway provides a link between each of these areas, with foundations designed to support mobility.

Wheelchair accessible facilities are available in both the public and family restrooms with locations in each of The RiverFront’s three parks. In Gene Leahy Mall, the restroom is located by the Arches Playground near 11th and Farnam Streets. In Heartland of America Park, a restroom facility is attached to the Skate Ribbon Kiosk near 8th and Farnam Streets. In Lewis & Clark Landing, the restrooms are on the east side of the Destination Playground in proximity to the Missouri River. More information can be found in The RiverFront’s ADA Accessibility map below.

Field Trips & Large Groups

For groups of 20 people or more, please fill out the form on this page. Field trips or large groups must notify The RiverFront staff at least one week in advance of a desired date. You may also call The RiverFront office at (402) 599-6565 or contact us by email at theriverfront@omahameca.com to provide the following information:
  • Name of school or organization
  • Group size and age ranges
  • Number of chaperones and/or leaders
  • Main contact phone number and email address
  • Any special considerations or necessities (i.e. additional trashcans, etc.)
Please review The RiverFront Rules & Regulations before your visit to the park.

FAQ

The RiverFront is an inclusive, culturally enriching space that creates connectivity throughout the heart of downtown Omaha and reconnects its people with the Missouri River. Robust park programming and daily activities provides unique opportunities to build memories, strengthen the bond of community and cultivate local economic growth.

The RiverFront is in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. and comprises three parks: Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland of America Park and Lewis & Clark Landing.

Gene Leahy Mall at The RiverFront will celebrate its grand opening on July 1, 2022. This park spans from Douglas to Farnam, between 13th and 8th streets.

Lewis & Clark Landing at The RiverFront is located along the Missouri River north of Riverfront Drive, with renovations continuing until spring 2023. Follow its construction progress HERE.

Heartland of America Park at The RiverFront is the largest of the three components, just east of 8th Street. This park will open in late summer 2023. Follow its construction progress HERE.

The Downtown Riverfront Trust (DRT) is a private nonprofit created to collect funds for construction and activation of The RiverFront, with the DRT contributing approximately $230 million in generous donations for this massive project.

The City of Omaha also contributed $50 million for construction over the course of three years: $15 million in 2019, $15 million in 2020 and $20 million in 2021, allocated in the Capital Improvement Plan. The City announced plans to use Lease-Purchase bonds to cover the costs, without requiring a tax increase.

The City and DRT will each contribute $3 million annually for 10 years to a fund managed by the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA) for operation, maintenance and activation costs. The money in this fund will accumulate over a 10-year period for future park expenses. The contract also requires that $500,000 from this fund will be set aside in the capital reserve fund each year for future capital expenses at The RiverFront.

The RiverFront’s funds are kept separate from MECA’s budgets for the CHI Health Center Omaha arena and convention center and Charles Schwab Field Omaha ballpark.

Upon completion of construction, MECA will oversee all park operations and security.

Yes! Most activities held at The RiverFront are free and open to the public. See a full schedule of activities HERE.

The RiverFront is open daily from 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

Safety has been a primary consideration during The RiverFront’s design and construction process. This is demonstrated with ample and intentional architectural accent lighting that helps with visibility while reducing glare and blind spots, to enhance security throughout.

By raising Gene Leahy Mall to street level, opening up and leveling out Heartland of America Park, interconnecting Lewis & Clark Landing and eliminating dark corners, The RiverFront redesign creates more activatable space, inviting larger crowd sizes that reduce the likelihood of unacceptable behaviors.

The RiverFront has a full-time public safety staff on site 24/7 to ensure the safety and security of all visitors.

Each of The RiverFront’s three parks have permanent restroom facilities.

  • Gene Leahy Mall at The RiverFront: Restrooms are located near the Arches Playground along the 11th Street Promenade.
  • Lewis & Clark Landing: More information coming soon!
  • Heartland of America Park: More information coming soon!

The RiverFront has been engineered to welcome visitors of all ages, abilities and needs. The wayfinding and navigational design throughout the park accounts for the use of wheelchairs and mobility devices.

For more information about accessibility features within each park, click HERE.

From the start of construction to daily operations, The RiverFront was designed with sustainability and longevity in mind. Visit our Sustainability page to learn more.

Yes, there is free Wi-Fi in the park. Connect to The RiverFront Network to log in.

See the Getting Here section for directions, transportation and parking options.

Please note: Always read and adhere to posted signs, which supersede and may be more current than instructions listed on this website. Citations will be issued by the Omaha Police Department (OPD) and Park Omaha for illegal parking.

Please visit our Support page to learn about all sponsorship opportunities at The RiverFront.

Additionally, The RiverFront has a variety of venues and destinations available for hourly or daily rentals, capable of accommodating a number of events. To host your next gathering at The RiverFront, visit our Reservations page.

To inquire about paid positions at The RiverFront, visit our Employment section. Information about volunteer opportunities will be coming soon.

For more information about becoming a food vendor at The RiverFront or to learn more about program partner opportunities, please contact us by using the form on our Program Partnerships page.

Yes, your canine companion is welcome at The RiverFront! Dogs may run off leash at the Gene Leahy Mall Dog Park located near 8th and Douglas streets; click HERE for a map. The Dog Park features big and small dog sides, furnished with tunnels for crawling, hills for climbing and artificial turf for easy cleanup.

In all other public areas of The RiverFront dogs must be leashed.

We ask that you please clean up after your pets. The Dog Park is open during regular park hours.

Waste and recycling bins have been placed throughout The RiverFront. We ask that you please dispose of appropriate materials in their identified receptacles.

As a public park, we reserve the right to use photography of any individual in our promotional materials displayed in print on the internet.

You are welcome to snap selfies and capture The RiverFront’s scenic views.

However, a permit and rental fee are required if filming or photography is for commercial use, will restrict any areas of the park or will use equipment beyond a single tripod. To apply for a permit, visit our rental page HERE.

Bicycles are permitted on identified trails within The RiverFront, but must be vigilant of shared space with pedestrians.
Park Ambassadors are on site during regular park hours. Call The RiverFront directly at (402) 599-6565. In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

Yes, recycling bins are located throughout The RiverFront along with water-bottle refilling stations.

The Downtown Riverfront Trust selected OJB Landscape Architecture to design The RiverFront, with the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA), HDR and the Kiewit Corporation comprising the overall project team.
Visit the Reservations page or contact theriverfront@omahameca.com with event planning inquiries.