From maintaining beautiful blooms to ensuring a welcoming space for visitors and residents, our team plays a vital role ensuring that our city’s vibrant urban center remains inviting and beautiful.
ODID employs a full-time gardener on the team to help maintain flower beds in The Old Market, 16th Street Corridor and around Gene Leahy Mall. Also in 2018, perennials were planted of native grasses and flowers including Switchgrass, Little Bluestem, Fireworks Goldenrod, Coneflower, New England Aster, and Black-eyed Susan. Annuals of brightly colored flowers are scattered throughout the district as well to help brighten up Downtown.
ODID has a partnership with arborist Jack Phillips & The Naturalist School to overhaul the Downtown trees program. Inventory was done on dead or diseased trees that needed to be removed by the City. Once cut down, the ODID removed the stumps and prepared the bed for plantings either with a new tree or flowers. New tree species are black oak, red oak, white oak, and bur oak. All trees planted were grown from wild, local, native acorns collected by members of The Naturalist School. Since the inception of ODID, we have planted over 100 new trees in Downtown Omaha.