Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Portrait of Omaha: The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

Good morning! Welcome back to another edition of Portrait of Omaha. If you've seen the previous posts in this series, welcome back, but if you're new here, let me tell you what it is. I live and love Omaha, NE, and last year I started a photoseries where I give you a glimpse of some of the landmarks and interesting places in the city I call home. Today, I'm sharing the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.

Construction on the bridge began in 2006 and was completed in 2008. The bridge is named after Bob Kerrey, who was the 35th governor of Nebraska and later served as a Senator for the state for many years. It spans 3000 feet across the Missouri River and connects Omaha to Council Bluffs, IA. It also leads to many trails that are in the area. On the grounds of the Omaha side are a splash pad that doubles as an outdoor seating area for music nights, and a visitor's center for the National Park Service. On the Iowa side is Tom Hanafan Park where Loessfest is held every year.





A train trestle bridge off in the background.





As you get on the bridge from the Nebraska side.





Looking south along the Missouri River, you can see one of the sculptures, in orange, of Tom Hanafan Park.





A view, north this time, up the Missouri River.









This line denotes where the two states meet, and is a popular place for people to stop and take a picture.





The National Park Service's Visitor Center. There's fun for the kids inside as well as this cool little garden, replete with sculptures, along the little trail.





The splash pad was the perfect place to cool down on the day we were there. It's where the evening concerts take place as well.





A view of the bridge from afar. You can see the splash pad/concert seating in the foreground and the National Park Service's VC to the right. The structure is as impressive as it is beautiful.





A view of the bridge through the trees. You can also see one of the Visit Omaha blue push pins. These pins are around town and help visitors find sites.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into The Bob, as the bridge is fondly known. For more information on the bridge, click here. For more information on the National Park Service Visitor's Center, click here. For more information about the blue push pins, click here. And, finally, for more information about Tom Hanafan Park click here.



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