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Omaha to build park, monument honoring long-time corporate citizen UP


Yesterday, Union Pacific Railroad and the city of Omaha, Neb., unveiled plans for a new John C. Kenefick Park south of downtown, which will include a Big Boy steam and Centennial diesel locomotive that were located in the original park. In 2002, the park was demolished and the locomotives were moved to accommodate redevelopment.

The park is named after former UP Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John C. Kenefick, who retired in 1986 but still maintains an office at the railroad.

After serving three years in the U.S. Navy, Kenefick began his UP career in 1947, working in the mechanical and operating departments. He was elected CEO in 1970, became president in 1971, and was named chairman and CEO of Union Pacific and Missouri Pacific railroads in 1983.

Omaha officials also announced plans to construct a monument commemorating UP's contributions to the city. The 10-foot-high, 130-foot-long monument will fulfill the city's obligation to relocate Kenefick Park per an agreement under which Omaha acquired UP property to build a convention center. The park and monument is expected to be completed in late summer 2005.

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