A demolished neighborhood swimming pool, once a fixture in South Omaha, is set to be revived.
Mayor Jim Suttle, City Councilman Garry Gernandt and city parks officials broke ground for the new Morton Park Sprayground on Friday.
The old swimming pool, built in 1917, was demolished because of pipe problems and sagging revenues.
In 2009, then-Mayor Mike Fahey said the city had to close the pools in Morton and Mockingbird Heights Parks as a part of $5.5 million in budget cuts. That summer, the Morton Park neighborhood collected 1,000 signatures and sent a letter to Suttle urging the city to reopen the pool near 42nd and V Streets.
Morton Park neighborhood residents offered to buy the pool from the city, but city lawyers said state law prohibits the sale of designated park property to private owners.
Dostals Construction submitted a low bid of $307,400 in March to build the new site.
The city says it operates five spraygrounds around the city: Fontenelle Park Sprayground, Kountze Sprayground, Orchard Park Sprayground, Upland Sprayground, Westwood Heights Sprayground, and a water jet fountain at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge Plaza.