Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park

Dedicated to the principle of maintaining Council Bluffs riverfront as a "green" place, Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park protects and sustains the river's riparian woodland and wetlands by preserving over 80 acres of the park in its natural condition, carving from these natural areas a simple but grand public open space which accommodates both community use and opportunities for residents and visitor to come together and celebrate on the banks of the Missouri River.  The park can be rented for special events, corporate events, weddings, sporting events, and concerts.  For more information on rentals download the two forms below.

Rays


Originally inspired by the great European baroque knot gardens, this 5-acre Great Lawn, is the canvas for a giant ever-changing light environment that echoes patterns of the past and updates them for the future. Utilizing powerful dynamic and robotic lighting fixtures, the lawn is activated every half hour starting at dusk.

In addition to the choreographed sequences, there is a complex interactive lighting component that will track and "play" with people through a series of simple intuitive games. The motions of the people on the lawn will control the lighting in some instances, and in others it will track them similar to follow spots at an ice skating event. As the seasons change, the lights take on new color palates; saturated hues are utilized on the show-covered lawn in winter and colors best displayed on green or brown lawn are selected for those seasons. 
Rays Light Show Information & Interactive Guide
  

Loessfest


Loessfest is an annual celebration of our landscape and our community. All events for Loessfest’s inaugural year will take place at the new park in an effort to introduce Council Bluffs- and Omaha-area residents to this new community resource and to celebrate its opening.  For more information check out www.loessfest.com 

Driving South on I-29 (from Sioux City):

  • Take exit 53A for 9th Ave toward Harrahs Blvd
  • Take a right onto Harrahs Blvd.
  • Follow signs to Harrah’s North Parking Lot

Driving North on I-29 (from Kansas City):

  • Merge onto I-29 N/I-80 W
  • Keep right to continue on I-29 N, follow signs of Interstate 29 N/Sioux City
  • Take exit 53A for 9th Ave toward Harrahs Blvd
  • Take a left toward Harrahs Blvd.
  • Follow signs to Harrah’s North Parking Lot

Driving West on I-80 (from Des Moines):

  • Continue on I-80 W/ I-29 N
  • Keep right to continue on I-29 N toward Sioux City
  • Take exit 53A for 9th Ave toward Harrahs Blvd
  • Turn left toward Harrah’s Blvd.
  • Follow signs towards Harrah’s North Parking Lot

Driving East on I-480 (from Omaha):

  • Follow I-29 South towards Kansas City
  • Take exit 53A for 9th Ave toward Harrahs Blvd
  • Take a right onto Harrahs Blvd.
  • Follow signs to Harrah’s North Parking Lot