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Top 17 Neighborhood Amenities in Elmwood Park, Omaha

The Elmwood Park neighborhood in Omaha, (also known as: Aksarben), is a historically significant area that was developed in the late 19th and early 20th century. It extends from Leavenworth Street on the north, to Center Street on the south; from South 50th Street on the east to South 72nd Street on the west. Home to ethnic Swede celebrations through the 1950s, the area continues to grow and to flourish both economically and culturally even nowadays. Today the neighborhood's park hosts the city's most beloved "Shakespeare on the Green" festival. This guide will take you around the top 17 neighborhood amenities in the neighborhood. Welcome to Elmwood Park!

Elmwood Park and Golf Course

The Elmwood Park pavilion was built in 1909. Originally an open air structure, it was one of the first structures in Omaha built of cast concrete. Today Elmwood Park includes the 18-hole golf course, two baseball fields and a swimming pool. There are also paths and trails for biking and walking; a lagoon, picnic areas, restrooms, the historic pavilion, open spaces and a historic marker. Elmwood Park is also home to the annual Creighton Prep cross country race, also known as the Prep Invite.
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University of Nebraska Omaha Pacific Campus

The Pacific Campus (formerly South Campus) houses the primary facilities for the College of Business Administration and the College of Information Science and Technology, which includes the Peter Kiewit Institute, the Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering, and the Firefly supercomputer. The Scott Technology Center incubator, which aims to assist start-up enterprises, is also located on the Pacific Campus. The Scott Data Center and Scott Conference Center are other features of Pacific Campus. Additional on-campus housing is provided on the Pacific Campus via Scott Hall, and the multiple units which comprise Scott Village and Scott Court. UNO plans to expand the Pacific Campus via Aksarben Village. UNO has also recently purchased property south of Center Street, with possible intentions of developing further on-campus housing and for on-campus athletic facilities.
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College of Saint Mary

College of Saint Mary is a Catholic women's college located in Omaha, Nebraska. As of November 2011, there were 820 undergraduates and 243 graduate students. The academic programs at Saint Mary are primarily career-focused, with majors offered in fields such as medical technology, business administration, andnursing. Courses of study in the liberal arts are also available, including English. Students can receive an Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's degree, or Doctor of Education upon graduation. Today the College continues its affiliation with the Sisters of Mercy and is proud of its tradition of women leading the way. A community of faith and learning, College of Saint Mary offers an education that inspires academic excellence and celebrates the roles of women as scholars and contributors to society, family and church. CSM teams, nicknamed athletically as the Flames, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC). Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and volleyball. All of the athletic programs are very competitive and have a long history of excellence.
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Aksarben Cinema

Aksarben Cinema, established in 2010, is Omaha's only locally owned and operated first run theatre. Each of the 10 screens features Dolby Digital technology, and that's not all. Aksarben Cinema is one of only two theaters in the nation to feature a glass-enclosed "master control room" housing the digital projection system. Both 2D and 3D content can be shown in the same auditorium each day!

Their auditoriums were designed to fit the customer's comfort, for an uninterrupted movie experience. Seats were made to minimize distractions by people seated in rows in front of patrons. Some of the theaters in their complex feature leather seats.

Adding to the flexibility and functionality of Aksarben Cinema is its biggest perk, beside the wonderful movie experience, "The Bar at Aksarben Cinema," a full-service bar located adjacent to the main auditorium and opposite the main lobby. They serve local and nationally-brewed beers, liquor, wine and frozen margaritas and strawberry daiquiris. Long story short, this cinema has „everything”.

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11:00am – 11:00pm
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Hy-Vee is an employee-owned chain of 235 supermarkets located throughout the Midwestern United States, and they live up every day to their slogan: "Where there's a helpful smile in every aisle". The Elmwood Park Hy-Vee full-service supermarket features a bakery, a delicatessen, a floral department, a dine-in and carryout food service (Italian and Chinese), wine and spirits, a pharmacy, a HealthMarket (natural and organic products) and coffee kiosks (Caribou Coffee and Starbucks). They also added a fuel station with a convenience stores. Hy-vee has a rewards program called Fuel Saver, which gives customers a discount on gas for buying special items each week in their ad.

Hours: from around 5:00pm – to about 10:00pm (hours vary for every department and week day)
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Schroeder-Vogel Park

The Schroeder-Vogel Park is an Omaha city park located at 5115 Hickory St and it covers five acres. It contains a playground, basketball court, sheltered area and restrooms. The recent renovations featured two sections of the park, one for toddlers and one for older kids, with standard swings, slides and other fun things to climb on, among other playground equipment.

Hours: Daily: 5:00am – 12:00am
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Petrow's Restaurant

Petrow's Restaurant's plates show a lot of Omaha's history, originality and cuisine. The bomb in the menu is definitely the homemade ice-cream labeled as the Ice Cream of the Gods, along with the delicious milkshakes and malts. The atmosphere is simple, nothing fancy or overly dashing, with well-prepared and savory food. The staff is friendly as well, and they will make sure that your order doesn't get delayed by anything.

Hours: Monday – Saturday: 6:00am – 9:30pm, Sunday: Closed
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Jones Bros Cupcakes

At Jones Bros Cupcakes, hand made baked goods are their specialty, particularly their sumptuous variety of cupcakes. All of their recipes are based on traditional techniques with modern twists. It's hard to tell which one is better: the way those pastries look, or the way they taste. The moment you walk in, the variety of unique flavors will overwhelm you. Pumpkin with cream cheese frosting, apple cinnamon, salted caramel chocolate, peanut butter and chocolate, cookies and cream and of course, stand bys like red velvet, vanilla bean. All of those, and the cupcakes are bursting with flavor. The staff is super helpful and enthusiastic, and is always willing to recommend you something. Here you can also get homemade donuts, cookies and delicious coffee.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 7:00am – 9:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 7:00am – 10:30pm, Sunday: 8:00am – 9:00pm
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Washington Elementary School

Washington Elementary School is well known for providing many things - excellent teachers, many of whom have master's degrees and have been awarded the Buffet Foundation Award for teaching excellence, wonderful music and art education, and a caring diverse community of students and families. Washington is also the magnet school in the Omaha Public School District for Hearing Impaired students, and involving them fully in all kinds of activities, providing interpreters in nearly every class. By sixth grade, many of the students are fluent in sign language, and the lessons learned about acceptance and confidence are wonderful for all kids. Parent involvement in the school is very strong - and strongly encouraged, with many volunteering time frequently in the classroom. The children are offered opportunities and experiences that have thrilled and enriched them.

Grades: PK – 6
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Legend Comics & Coffee

Legend Comics and Coffee, established in 2007, soon became an Omaha Legend, focusing on customer service, satisfaction, and comfort, above all else. It is a comic store with a cozy coffee shop style atmosphere, with a huge selection of back issues, trade paperbacks, and recent comics. They also have a selection of D&D, Magic the Gathering, Hero Clix, and other gaming merchandise. Service here is a top notch – you will get your delicious cup of coffee served quickly, and sided with a smile.

Hours: Monday – Tuesday: 6:00am – 5:00pm, Wednesday: 6:00am – 9:00pm, Friday: 6:00am – 12:00am, Saturday: 7:00am – 7:00pm, Sunday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
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Three Happiness Express

Three Happiness Express is the best sit-down Chinese in town. One great thing about this place are the entrees: big and cheap. And one of the best parts is the presentation. As an entree, I recommend with certainty the sweet and sour chicken, and you might also want to try the hot and sour soup, it's just so good! They have lots of vegan options, the menu is long, offering a good variety of meals. Service is good and the portions are big. You will be impressed by the prices for so much food though, and you will definitely return.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11:00am – 9:00pm, Friday – Sunday: 11:00am – 10:00am, Sunday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
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Gold's Gym

Gold's Gym offers outstanding quality in fitness equipment that these health clubs are known for around the world. Expert staff at this Omaha gym location are also the best in their industry and work hard to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date exercise information. Gold's Gym offers extensive personal training, with more than just workout tips, and include nutritional counseling to maximize your fitness results. With Gold's Gym membership, you get a customized workout routine, dieting information and also stress management information for a well-rounded approach to improving your overall health and fitness.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5:00am – 11:00pm, Friday: 5:00am – 10:00pm, Saturday – Sunday: 7:00am – 8:00pm
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Stinson Park

Located within Aksarben Village, Stinson Park is a 4.5-acre community park has been named after former Knights of Aksarben chairman Kenneth E. Stinson. The park also features a 90 ft (27 m) tall obelisk, and lots of fun activities, especially in summer. Saturday night summer concerts are great, you can bring food, wine, beer, lawn chair and enjoy the lovely setting and music. Another perk is Farmers Market on Sunday mornings where you can get your organic and fresh products. The park has a 8.3/10 rating on Foursquare.
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Godfather's Pizza

Godfather's Pizza is a privately owned restaurant chain headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, that operates fast casual Italian food and that has spread throughout the country. The restaurants serve a wide variety of pizzas, breadsticks, chips, cookies, and pastas, and have an expansive salad bar and buffet. They offer four different types of crust: Original, Golden, Mozza-Loaded, and Thin. The chain has recently introduced gluten-free pizzas, made from rice flour. But still, the best thing about Godfather's Pizza is their taco pizza; and that's not your typical taco pizza – but the best one there is!
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Bergan Mercy Medical Center

Bergan Mercy Medical Center is a hospital located in Omaha, Nebraska. It is part of the Alegent Health System. The hospital was founded in 1910 when the Sisters of Mercy opened Saint Catherine's Hospital at Ninth and Forest Streets. In 2007, Bergan Mercy announced an expansion and enhancement, among its highlights is the Bergan Family Life Center which are a women’s and children’s hospital, with 16 labor and delivery beds, a 35-bed post-partum unit, nine ante partum beds for high-risk pregnancies and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 32 private rooms. Modern Healthcare magazine recently named the hospital to the list of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals for the first time and the American Association of Retired Persons named Bergan Mercy Medical Center one of 15 “Hospitals with a Heart” in the United States.
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Scooter's Coffeehouse

Scooter's Coffeehouse is mostly famous because hey will make virtually any drink you want and because their baristas certainly know their math with those drinks. The atmosphere, the drinks and the service here are great; everything is engaged to make your coffee delicious and your day a bit brighter.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 6:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday: 6:30am – 7:00pm, Sunday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
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Walgreens is the largest drug retailing chain in the United States. Walgreens provides access to consumer goods and services, plus pharmacy, photo studio, health and wellness services in the United States through its retail drugstores, Walgreens Health Services division, and Walgreens Health and Wellness division.

Hours: Shop/Photo: 24/7, Pharmacy: 24/7
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Top 17 Neighborhood Amenities in Elmwood Park, Omaha