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(August 1, 2017)

By unanimous vote, the City of Omaha Naming Committee has recommended the new lake and park at 168th and Fort be named for the founder of Boys Town, Father Edward Flanagan.

The committee reviewed more than 200 suggested names offered by citizens.  Flanagan Lake was the top suggestion. Many people noted this year’s 100th anniversary of Boys Town in their recommendations including this nomination:

“My suggestion for naming the park is Father Edward Flanagan, founder of Boys Town. He is a strong charitable historical figure in Omaha, who contributed so much to children in our city during his lifetime, and left a lasting positive impact on our city and county. What better person to name the new park after during the 100th anniversary year of Boys Town?!”

The naming committee’s vote must also be approved by the Parks and Recreation Board and the Omaha City Council. The Parks and Recreation Board will meet this month.

Under a 2012 interlocal agreement between the City of Omaha and the Papio Natural Resources District, the City will take possession of the property in September.  The park is expected to open next year.

By City Ordinance, the Naming Committee must review and provide recommendations regarding the proposed naming or renaming of city property.  The Naming Committee includes three members appointed by the mayor and six department directors required by ordinance (Police Chief, Fire Chief, Parks Director, Planning Director, Public Works Director, and Library Director). The appointed members are Douglas County Commissioners P.J. Morgan and Marc Kraft and Mike Kennedy. The advisory committee met Monday July 31st.

The top recommendations from the public:

Edward Flanagan              28 nominations

Kerrie Orozco                    22

Andrea Kruger                   12

Susan La Flesche Picotte Park    6  

Dr. Don Benning                4

Bob Gibson                         4

Jean Stothert                      4

Johnny Rosenblatt            3

Jesse Lowe                          3

Buffett Family                    3

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