Omaha’s downtown convention district along the city’s riverfront will undergo a $290 million transformation. Plans for the new development, which will connect the convention district, downtown Omaha and the riverfront, were revealed on June 14, 2018, via an announcement to the press.

“The plan to transform Omaha’s riverfront provides an open canvas for meeting organizers to really be creative when planning their events,” says Keith Backsen, executive director, Visit Omaha. “The 90-acre project is a massive undertaking and will include many ‘wow’ features that will make the area even more attractive for meetings, conventions and events 12 months out of the year.”

Features of the riverfront revitalization project include a substantial sprawling green space in the middle of downtown with a performance pavilion, botanical gardens, cascading waterfalls, park-side cafes, a sculpture garden, a water cove and a promenade that leads to cantilever overlooks suspended over the river.

The enhancements continue with a boardwalk stretching along the river’s edge leading to Heartland of America Park Lake and continuing on to a brand new riverfront development that will include an urban beach, a one-of-a-kind children’s park, sports courts, a marina and home for a future Discovery Pavilion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.

Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and will be completed in 2022.

Watch the embedded video below for a closer look at the project.