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Judy Smith

Judy Smith Team
RE/MAX Real Estate
Omaha, NE 68154

D: 402-598-3678
O: 402-916-9700

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About Gretna

Welcome to Gretna!

Avg. Listing Price
Wk ending Apr 15, 2009

Median Sales Price
Jan '09 - Mar '09

193 Homes For Sale
95 Recently Sold

Gretna is truly a community of rich history. Originally spurred by the Burlington Northern Railroad, Gretna was founded in 1886 on 80 acres purchased from the Lincoln Land Company for the sum of $560. Gretna's growth now has been spurred by its location near Interstate 80, off of Highway 370 and 6/31. Located just ten miles outside of Omaha, Gretna is a quiet community of established families, coupled with those new to the area. Many have moved to Gretna for its close proximity to Omaha and Lincoln, its small town atmosphere, and its exceptional school district. Gretna has gained national recognition and a reputation for providing fine educational opportunities. Those opportunities are complemented by honors in academic accreditation, high graduation rates, and a disciplined learning environment. Athletics and the arts are also highly acclaimed statewide, and more importantly, enthusiastically supported by this community. Go to for more information about our schools.

Our local chamber, the Gretna Area Chamber of Commerce, is supported by a strong business community that offers financial services, a grocery, pharmacy, day cares, hair care and spa, video stores, automotive repair as well as a variety of shops at Nebraska Crossing Mall. Gretna also has an assisted living facility, several eating establishments, and an active senior center. Please visit for additional information. Medical services include family physicians, dental care, chiropractic and physical therapy services, along with veterinary care for the family pet. The Chamber organizes a yearly celebration on the third weekend in July: Gretna Days. Six churches gather weekly for services at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the Gretna United Methodist Church, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gretna Community Church, and the Gretna Baptist Church. Three additional churches are in the process of being planted: Acts II, Journey Church, and the Church of Latter Day Saints. Our city offers a municipal pool, the Gretna Public Library, and recreational facilities at several parks. Youth athletic leagues, a volunteer fire and rescue department and a variety of other organizations serve as testament to the small town values our residents treasure. Please visit our “Attractions” and “Contact” tabs for further information. Welcome to Gretna!

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (402) 944-2523
 Located just off 1-80 at exit 426
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park offers year-round accommodations and recreational use. This ultra-modern park offers a spectacular array of lodging, group meeting facilities and activities. The dominate feature of the park, the Peter Kiewit Lodge which offers 40 guest rooms, sleeping lofts with fireplaces, as well as secluded cabins. Mahoney has a myriad of recreational activities which include 690 acres along the picturesque Platte River with a family aquatic center complete with zero depth swimming and wave pool and two 200-plus-foot curling water slides. Other activities include miniature golf, driving range, tennis and basketball courts, softball fields, horseback trail rides, fishing, picnicking, hiking, 70-foot observation tower, nature conservatory, the Denman and Mary Mallory Kountze Theater, hiking and biking and much more for everyone.

Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari (402) 944-WILD or (402)-733-8401
 Located just off 1-80 at exit 426
Experience a four-mile drive-through the North American wilderness Wildlife Safari (operated by the famous Henry Doorly Zoo of Omaha NE). Meet face to face encounters with elk, white-tailed deer, bison, pronghorn and other native wildlife. Although it is a zoo, it is the visitors who are confined in their vehicles or the Safari’s tram while the animals are free to roam about in their habitats. Explore the Wolf Canyon Overlook, a boarded walkway that spans 30 feet into the display allowing visitors to peer in on a pack and watch as they prowl and play. The road exits through the elk pasture to the visitor center where guests find interactive nature exhibits, small animal displays, gift shop and a walk-through aviary.​

Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium/Schramm State Recreation Area (402) 332-3901
 Located about 6 miles south of 1-80 at exit 432
Schramm Park is a picturesque Platte River area and home of the exceptional Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium with excellent wooded habitats that teem with warblers during spring migration. Also the site of the state’s first fish hatchery (1882), the old hatch house is now a fish management museum. Picnic areas offer spectacular views of the countryside and five miles of trails, as well as an educational center with 12 viewing tanks and intriguing displays of native and introduced fish species.

Strategic Air and Space Museum (402) 944-3100
 Located just off 1-80 at exit 426, half mile west
The Strategic Air & Space Museum is regarded as the nation’s foremost facility of its kind. The $29.5 million museum is to preserve aircraft and missiles for future generations. It features a 300,000 square foot building that features a glass atrium, two aircraft display hangars, a traveling exhibit area, a children’s interactive gallery, and a 200 seat theater The glass atrium is a breathtaking structure constructed of 525 glass panels that encase the awesome Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch 12102 South 180 Street (402) 332-4200
 Vala’s Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival offers an experience that defies explanation. It has grown into a 152 acre operation, with nearly 55 acres of pumpkins planted each year for one whirl-wind month when guests can have a spectacular experience. It’s a wholesome family entertainment destination that operates September through October of each year. This family experience offers tractor rides out to the pumpkin field to pick that one perfect pumpkin, train rides and pony rides. Themed attractions such as the Pumpkin Mine, Storybook Barn, Haunted House and the Spook Shed. Vala’s Pumpkin Patch is one of the most unique experiences offered in the Gretna area. It is a celebration of the harvest, a medley of bright colors and distinctive flavors. It’s the memories and traditions and a wholesome family destination that you don’t want to miss.

Holy Family Shrine (402) 332-4565
 Located just off 1-80 at exit 432, south of Hwy 31, the idea of the Holy Family Shrine was for travelers to pray and discover the Catholic faith. Visitors can experience the chapel façade as high as forty-nine feet, with the arching members of wood framing the stone entry. With an open view of the prairie and Platte Valley beyond, the image of the Holy Family appears like spirits in the heaven. The prairie grasses embrace the glass walls on all sides of the chapel. The sereneness of the gentle waving of the grain places the chapel as if in a cloud and surround the visitors with the natural gifts from God.

The citizens of Gretna will continue to promote our strong sense of community pride and caring by working to improve our quality of life through creative planning and providing excellent services to support future growth and opportunities.

For additional information on Gretna’s vision for the future, please click on the Planning & Permits tab for Gretna’s Comprehensive Strategic Plan adopted in February, 2009.

Gretna Public Library 736 South Street
(402) 332-4480

Gretna Area Chamber of Commerce
(402) 332-3535

Gretna Volunteer Fire Department
11175 South 204 Street
(402) 332-3336, ext. 8

Police Protection
Sarpy County Sheriff
(402) 593-4111

Electric Service
Omaha Public Power District
(402) 536-4131

Water/Sewer Service City of Gretna
(402) 332-3336, ext. 2

Telephone Service
Cox Cable (402) 933-3000
Qwest 1-800-244-1111

Cable Television Service
Cox Cable (402) 933-3000
Galaxy Cable 1-800-365-6988

Natural Gas Service

Trash Service
Papillion Sanitation (402) 339-3479
Gretna Sanitation (402) 332-4710
Abe's Trash (402) 571-4926
Waste Management (402) 731-0138
Elkhorn Sanitation (402) 330-3603

Animal Control Service
Nebraska Humane Society
(402) 444-7800

Gretna Area Parks
Apollo Park Ralston La Vista City Park Ralston
Athletic Park Omaha South La Vista Sports Complex Ralston
Baldwin Field Omaha South Lawrence Peterson Park Ralston
Buffalo Park Springfield Leawood Oaks II Park Plattsmouth
Camenzind Park Ralston Leo Royal Memorial Park Gretna
Central Park Ralston Mason Park Omaha South
Chalco Hills Recreation Area Gretna Mayor Park Ralston
Champion Park Ralston McCann Park Omaha South
Don Roddy Field Sports Complex Omaha South Monarch Park Ralston
Eberle-Walden Park Ralston Municipal Park Ralston
Everett Park Omaha South North Field - College Heights Omaha South
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center Omaha South Overland Hills Park Ralston
Freeman Park Omaha South Papillion City Park Ralston
Garden Park Ralston Peterson Park Gretna
Gemini Park Omaha South Reed Community Center Omaha South
Gilder Park Omaha South Schramm Park State Recreational Area Ashland East
Glenmorrie Park Omaha South Schwer Recreational Area Ralston
Golden Hills Park Omaha South Seventh Street Park Ralston
Goldenrod Park Omaha South Sorenson Park Omaha South
Gretna City Park Gretna Springfield City Park Springfield
Halleck Park Ralston Sun Valley Park Omaha South
Haworth Park Omaha South Swanson Park Omaha South
Heber Park Omaha South Tara Hills Park Ralston
Hickory Hills Park Ralston Thompson Park Omaha South
Hollis Park Ralston Trumble Park Ralston
Jaycee Park Ralston Twin Ridge Park Omaha South
Jerry Gilbert Park Omaha South Vista Childrens Memorial Park Ralston
Jewell Park Omaha South Walnut Creek Recreation Area Ralston
Kelly McMahon Field Ralston Washington Park Omaha South
    Zorinsky Air Park Omaha South


Gretna Public Schools

Administrative Office
11717 South 216th Street
Gretna, NE 68028
Phone (402) 332-3265
Fax (402) 332-5833

Kevin Riley, Superintendent

Bus Barn
21710 Schram Road
Gretna, NE 68028
Phone (402) 332-3040

Everett Schnell, Head Mechanic
Ardell Savage, Bus Driver Supervisor

Gretna Public Schools

Administrative Office
11717 South 216th Street
Gretna, NE 68028
Phone (402) 332-3265
Fax (402) 332-5833

Kevin Riley, Superintendent

 Gretna High School

11335 South 204th Street
Gretna, NE 68028
Phone (402) 332-3936
Fax (402) 332-4119

Kirk Eledge, Principal

Gretna Middle School

11705 South 216th Street
Gretna, NE 68028
Phone (402) 332-3048
Fax (402) 332-2931

Harvey Birky, Principal

Squire John Thomas Elementary

11221 Northridge Drive
Gretna, NE 68028
Phone (402) 332-5578
Fax (402) 332-2959

Patti Brownlee, Principal

Gretna Elementary School

801 South Street
Gretna, NE 68028
Phone (402) 332-3341
Fax (402) 332-4601

Travis Lightle, Principal

Palisades Elementary School

16820 Chutney Drive
Omaha, NE 68136
Phone (402) 895-2194

Salli Hajek, Principal

Gretna Preschools
Alicia's Home Day Care
Preschool · 12 students
13221 S 223rd St
Gretna, NE 68028
(402) 332-3472

Casteel Day Care
Preschool · 10 students
701 Chestnut Dr
Gretna, NE 68028
(402) 332-4281

Country Kidz Day Care
Preschool · 12 students
8601 S 225th St
Gretna, NE 68028
(402) 332-2855

Gretha Children's Center
Preschool · 12 students
106 N McKenna Avenue
Gretna, NE 68028
(402) 332-5606

Jean McCord Day Care
Preschool · 10 students
524 Grandview
Gretna, NE 68028
(402) 332-3043

Little Darlings Early Child Center
Preschool · 12 students
21730 Laura St
Gretna, NE 68028
(402) 332-4431

Love To Learn Child Care Center
Preschool · 12 students
816 Village Sq
Gretna, NE 68028
(402) 332-3700

Peggy Stock Day Care
Preschool · 10 students
425 Brentwood Dr
Gretna, NE 68028
(402) 332-4682

Susan Kroenke Day Care
Preschool · 10 students
422 Chippewa Dr
Gretna, NE 68028
(402) 332-4898

Teresa Norman Day Care
Preschool · 8 students
9603 S 204th St
Gretna, NE 68028
(402) 332-4768

Wee Lambs Pre-School
Preschool · 20 students
20501 Highway 370
Gretna, NE 68028
(402) 333-3345

Small town charm and thriving businesses. Gretna has the fastest rate of growth of any Nebraska City since 2000. Close to major transportation and quiet neighborhoods. The Gretna school district has one of the highest ratings in the state of Nebraska. Within minutes of the city are 2 State Parks, a great Golf Course, Safari Park, the Strategic Aerospace Museum and Swimming Pools. Gretna is a great place to call home.

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