|Pedestrian Bridge connecting Omaha and Council Bluffs (Omaha.Net)|
Years ago, almost half a lifetime, I taught one academic year at the Omaha campus of the University of Nebraska. I definitely wish the waterfront development featuring Lewis and Clark Landing and Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge would have been there for weekend escapes.
|Lewis & Clark Landing on the banks of the Missouri River|
The 23-acre Lewis and Clark Landing park on the mighty Missouri River was finished in 2003. Located just north of Omaha’s downtown, it features open space, benches and historic exhibits. Its convenient access and numerous events make it a frequent destination for Omaha residents. Among other facilities, it features a plaza, with bench seating, exhibits, a water jet spray fountain (perfect for the very hot summer days), a Fiber Wave Sculpture, play area, and a National Park Service Visitors Center.
The 3000 foot long, 15 foot wide Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge was finished a couple years later in 2008. Spanning the Missouri, it connects Nebraska with Iowa and is perfect for leisurely bicycle rides.
The footbridge “is an s-curved cable-stayed bridge with a striking, modern design, perfect for a midday stroll or refreshing night time walk. It’s something of a must-see for visitors, especially at night, when the multi-colored lights are turned on and spiders spin impossibly long webs between the bridges many cables,” according to Omaha.net.
If you go:
Lewis and Clark Landing
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
705 Riverfront Drive
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 444-5900
41° 15′ 49.3488″ N, 95° 55′ 27.6996″ W
Photos: Courtesy of Omaha.net