Our Park System

The Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation Department manages a park system of approximately 755 acres with 28 parks.

Prospect Park
CB Park
CB Park

Splash Pads

Cool off at one of the Council Bluffs splash pads. Don't forget your beach towels and sunscreen! 

Bayliss Park (100 Pearl St) features a small splash area on the north side of the fountain. This quaint splash pad is perfect for young children. While at Bayliss, you'll also find historical monuments, picnic spaces, and the sights and sounds of the iconic fountain.

Fairmount Park (East Graham Ave and Park Entrance) is home to an extensive interactive water playground with multiple elements that are fun for children of all ages. While at Fairmount Park, you'll also find a scenic overlook, a playground, hiking trails, a fire pit, picnic shelters, and ample parking.

OPENING SOON! The splash area at River's Edge Park is slated to open this summer!

Hiking Trails

Hiking is a great way to explore Council Bluffs and engage with nature. Enjoy your next hike at one of these locations:

Fairmount Park (East Graham Ave and Park Entrance) is another excellent hiking spot with trails that wind through the hills. While hiking at Fairmount Park, you'll also find a scenic overlook, a playground, a splash pad, a firepit, picnic shelters, and ample parking.

Lewis and Clark (19962 Monument Rd) is home to multiple hiking and biking trails nestled in the bluffs. In addition to the trails, you'll find breathtaking views, historical monuments, picnic tables, public restrooms, and ample parking.

Vincent Bluff (Thallas St) is a quiet and primitive place to explore the Loess Hills while enjoying expansive views of Council Bluffs. 

Playgrounds 

The colorful configuration of play equipment naturally attracts kids to the outdoors, builds their strength and agility, and encourages healthy lifestyles. Play at one of these playgrounds:

  • Bahnsen Park - 1720 Ave L
  • Big Lake Park - 2600 N 8th St
  • Broadway Skate Park - 1300 W Broadway
  • CB Rec Complex - 2900 Richard Downing Ave
  • Cochran Park - 100 S 21st St
  • Fairmount Park - E Graham and Park Entrance
  • Graham Park - Frank St and Gleason Ave
  • Iowa West Trailhead Park - Wabash Ave
  • Kimball Park - 1801 N Broadway
  • Kirn Park - 100 1/2 5th Ave
  • Malmore Park - 3600 Scott Dr
  • Peterson Park - 2500 S 8th St
  • Prospect Park - 100 Harrison St
  • Roberts Park - 1000 N 25th St
  • Sternhill Park - 1031 N 8th St
  • Sunset Park - 1000 16th Ave
  • Trolley Park - 2803 Ave B
  • Twin City Park - 3300 Renner Dr
  • Valley View Park - 1300 Franklin Ave
  • Westwood Park - 1200 S 35th St

Picnic Shelters

If you're looking for a fun place to have a picnic, check out the Council Bluffs picnic shelters! Enjoy your next picnic at one of these locations:

  • Bahnsen Park - 1720 Ave L
  • Big Lake Park - 2600 N 8th St
  • Fairmount Park - E Graham Ave and Park Entrance
  • Graham Park - Frank St and Gleason Ave
  • Kimball Park - 1801 N Broadway
  • Kirn Park - 100 1/2 5th Ave
  • Petersen Park - 2500 S 8th St
  • Roberts Park - 1000 N 25th St
  • Sternhill Park - 1031 N 8th St
  • Sunset Park - 1000 16th Ave
  • Trolley Park - 2803 Ave B
  • Valley View Park - 1300 Franklin Ave
  • Westwood Park - 1200 S 35th St