MECA officials let a World-Herald reporter and photographer behind the construction fences to see how the Gene Leahy Mall overhaul is progressing.
The Leahy Mall reopening in 2022 will mark the first step in launching the transformation of the downtown/riverfront area.
Yoga and fitness classes, storytelling times for children, book clubs, movie nights and concert series are among the dozens of events expected to occur at Omaha's three downtown and riverfront parks.
Gene Leahy Mall is covered by mounds of soil and construction equipment.
Demolition and grading work remain on pace, members of the MECA board heard Tuesday.