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Josh the Otter

The Josh the Otter Water Safety & Awareness program is presented by the City of Omaha Parks & Recreation Department in cooperation with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. 

The Josh the Otter program was founded by Blake and Kathy Collingsworth of Lincoln, Neb. In 2008, their two-year-old son, Joshua, drowned in a backyard swimming pool. Determined to prevent future water accidents, they developed the program to teach children and adults worldwide about water safety.

Josh the Otter appearances and story time sessions will be available at the following City of Omaha pool locations this summer.  On days, that Josh the Otter has multiple programs he will start at the first location at 1:00 pm and then go to his next pool.

June 7th Deer Ridge Kick Off Event
June 12th Karen & Elmwood
June 14th  Spring Lake & Miller
June 19th  Hanscom & Gallagher
June 21st Common Ground & Elkhorn
June 26th Lee Valley & Roanoke
June 28th Camelot & Zorinsky
July 3rd Deer Ridge & Cryer
July 5th Montclair & Hitchcock
July 10th Mockingbird & Oak Heights
July 12th  Karen & Elmwood
July 17th Spring Lake & Miller
July 19th Hanscom & Gallagher
July 24th Common Ground & Elkhorn
July 26th Lee Valley & Roanoke
July 31st Camelot & Zorinsky
August 1st Montclair & Hitchcock
August 2nd Mockingbird & Oak Heights

 Float 4 Life

City of Omaha offers Float 4 Life classes throughout the summer at the following locations throughout the pool season. You must register online to attend.

Hands-Only CPR

If you were in a situation where someone needed CPR would you know what to do? Let us help you be prepared, learn Hands-Only CPR from the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department.  Hands-Only CPR is a potentially lifesaving technique involving non mouth to mouth contact.  Free sessions will be conducted at various City of Omaha pool locations during the pool season.

June 11th Oak Heights
June 13th Lee Valley
June 15th Roanoke
June 18th  Deer Ridge
June 20th Elkhorn
June 25th Gallagher
June 27th Camelot
June 29th Mockingbird Hills
July 2nd Common Ground
July 9th Cryer
July 11th  Montclair
July 13th Hitchcock
July 16th Spring Lake
July 18th Hanscom
July 20th Karen
July 23rd Miller

News and Events

  • Trails, Parks & Other Closings

    2019-03-14 21:14:40

    Due to the increased water levels/flooding, the following trails/parks have been closed: Glenn Cunningham Lake is closed until further notice. This includes the lake, playground, trails and disc golf course.  Bi ...

  • NP Dodge Park CLOSED Due To Elevated River Levels

    2019-03-14 15:27:04

    (Omaha, NE – March 14th, 2019) – Due to heavy rains and the rising levels of the Missouri River, the City of Omaha Parks Department will be closing NP Dodge Park effective immediately.  Facility ...

  • Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge - OPEN

    2019-01-25 17:29:16

    Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge CLOSED The Bob Kerrey Bridge is back OPEN to the public. We thank you for your patience. If you have any questions regarding the bridge, please call 402-444-5900. 

  • 144th Street Trail Closure

    2018-11-09 16:54:58

    144th Street Trail Closure (Omaha, NE) – November 9th, 2018 - The east portion of the 144th Street Trail between West Maple Road and Eagle Run Drive will close on Monday, November 12, 2018 so that MUD can work on a wa ...