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 also plans 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 and Information

  • The 2022 Summer Fun Guide is now available! 
  • Fall 2022 Adult Pickleball League registration is open and taking waitlist registrants.
  • SPLASH PAD CLOSURE: The splash pad located across from the River's Edge Pavilion is closed until the fall of 2022.
  • PARK CLOSURE: Big Lake Park will be closed September 20 and 21 for repairs within the park.
  • TRAIL CLOSURE: Valley View Trail will be closed at Mall Drive to the Valley View Park Bridge from June 3, 2022 until further notice.
  • TRAIL CLOSURE: The trail from the Bob Kerry Bridge to North 25th St will be closed from 9/1/21 until further notice for a United States Army Corps of Engineers levee flood restoration project.
  • TRAIL CLOSURE:  35th Street to Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park will be closed until further notice as a result of the Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Project.
  • The Mini-Pitch at Roberts Park, has been relocated to Cochran Park.
  • Eastern Hills Trail Stop Park to the northeast corner of the roundabout along Eastern Hills Drive is now open. Amenities include a shelter, picnic tables, bicycle parking, benches, and a play structure. A parking lot is being added in the fall of 2022.
  • Thanks to a generous donation from PowerTech, Cochran Park is getting a makeover! Expect to see new playground equipment this fall!



Check out the 2022 Summer Fun Guide!

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