Parks and Recreation Department

Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation oversees the care and management of approximately 750 acres of parks and open space, including 29 parks, two aquatic centers, River’s Edge Pavilion, and the Council Bluffs Recreation Complex (CBRC). Parks and Recreation hosts several annual recreation activities, sports, and special events. The Horticulture and Grounds Division takes care of City streetscapes and landscapes and assists with right-of-way tree maintenance.

News & Updates:

  • TRAIL CLOSURE: A portion of trail along the Missouri River from Nebraska Avenue to the old Western Hills Trail Center will be closed until December 2023 for a bypass pipe that is crossing the trail.
  • Pirate Cove Water Park and Katelman Pool are closed for the rest of the season.
  • TRAIL REPAIR: The bike trail north of Hanafan Park by Avenue G is closed due to repair. A detour around the repair has been put in place temporarily.
  • TRAIL CLOSURE: Iowa Riverfront Trail from north 25th Street to Big Lake Park will be intermittently closed September 25 until November 15, 2023 for repair.