Omaha unveils latest part of trail system
Published Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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Although cold, blustery weather rarely inspires bikers and joggers, Omaha on Monday morning unveiled the latest part of its trail system.
Mayor Mike Fahey officially opened the Turner Boulevard Trail during a brief ceremony at Dewey Park.
The trail mostly follows Turner Boulevard south from Harney Street before turning west to 36th and Pacific Streets. Users can then follow city sidewalks to connect with the Field Club Trail.
The northernmost portion of the trail, linking Turner Boulevard with Dodge Street, will not be finished until 2009 because of the ongoing Midtown Crossing development.
The concrete trail is 1.2 miles long and 8 feet wide. The project cost $593,000, with about $474,000 coming from the Nebraska Roads Department and $59,300 each from the city and the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District.
"It (the trail) makes it even more enjoyable to live here in midtown," said NRD board chairman Jim Thompson.
Thompson said the Turner Boulevard Trail is the second of the city's new urban trails. The first was the Happy Hollow Trail, which opened a few years ago.
Thompson was joined by City Councilman Jim Vokal and neighborhood leaders at the trail's opening.
Carol Haas of the Leavenworth Neighborhood Association said it's important to link the city's green spaces.
"We couldn't be more excited," she said.
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