Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Hanscom Park Lagoon
Hanscom Park, Omaha’s oldest remaining park, was designed by landscape architect H.W.S. Cleveland in 1889. Early improvements were described in the 1898 Park Commissioner’s Report: “Two lakes, a cascade, extensive flower beds, two and one-half miles of macadamized roadway, fountains and a magnificent growth of forest trees make this the only finished park in the city.” It was “the most beautiful of our parks located in the center of the most fashionable and highest-priced residential property.”
The lagoon has always been a major site for strolling, fishing and ice skating. The pavilion shown in these photographs was located near the site of the outdoor tennis courts. It burned in 1927 and was replaced the next year with the existing pavilion.
Fishing along the eastern shore, July 10, 1924.
A summer afternoon, looking east toward Park Avenue, August 16, 1912.
Ice skating, circa 1915.
Erected by City of Omaha.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEnvironment. A significant historical date for this entry is July 10, 1924.
Location. 41° 14.511′ N, 95° 57.483′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is on Hanscom Park Drive. Marker is near the Pavilion. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3201 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha NE 68105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hanscom Park Flower Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); The City of Omaha, Nebraska (approx. ¼ mile away); President Gerald R. Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Lady Betty Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away); Birthsite of Gerald R. Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away); Territory and State of Nebraska (approx. 0.3 miles away); Congregation of Israel - 1884 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Gallagher Building (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
Also see . . . Hanscom Park Neighborhood Association History. (Submitted on July 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 613 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 6, 7. submitted on November 14, 2015.