A new community building, River's Edge Pavilion, opened in the fall of 2017. Located near the foot of the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, River's Edge Pavilion features two floors, a rooftop deck, a catering kitchen, private restrooms, and areas for meetings and presentation. The facility is available to rent for personal gatherings such as reunions and parties. The rooftop deck can accommodate up to 100 people, while the indoor main floor can accommodate up to 60 people. The pavilion also houses public restrooms. To reserve the building for your personal event visit the River's Edge Pavilion Web Page. Also complete are the outdoor play elements which include water features such as a flooding wading basin, water bubblers, spray jets and an illuminated fog feature.
Construction is underway at the adjacent 26 acres of land, also on the east (dry) side of the levee. This project includes the development of a 65,000 square foot office building, 750 stall parking garage, 230 apartment units and 6,300 square feet of retail space. The City retained Noddle Development to assist in in the development and marketing of the site. President and CEO, Jay Noddle, said: "Think of the development in the Aksarben area in Omaha and that's what you'll see in Playland Park's future." The Iowa West Foundation plans to move to their offices to the new building in February 2019. The development also incorporates the trail system with plans to connect the pedestrian bridge to downtown Council Bluffs via trails along 1st Avenue.