The Council Bluffs Friends of the Park Foundation was established in 2010. The Foundation promotes and supports public parks and recreation activities, as well as assists the Parks and Recreation Department acquire additional sources of funding for programs and facilities. The Foundation is a non-profit corporation and is comprised of five members who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. 


Friends of the Park meet quarterly, during the first weeks of January, April, July, and October, or as needed. Meetings are held at City Hall, 2nd Floor Media Room, 209 Pearl St.

Adopt-a-Bench Program

Contribute to the beauty and enjoyment of Council Bluffs’ parks by adopting a park bench to honor loved ones or celebrate special occasions. This program not only enhances the enjoyment of park and trail visitors, but also allows for the recognition of your organization, business, or someone special in a unique and lasting manner. Most park benches have a standard cost of $750.00 but can be as high as $1,500.00 depending on the bench style and location. This is a tax-deductible donation and the process is as follows: 

1. Donor reviews Adopt-a-Bench Policies and contacts the Parks & Recreation Department to identify a specific park or trail locations and discuss the type of bench that will be required. 
2. Donor completes the donation form and returns it with a check made payable to the Friends of the Park Foundation. A receipt will be sent acknowledging the donation has been received. 
3. Plaque wording is approved by Parks & Recreation staff and plaque/bench are ordered. 
4. Plaque and bench will be installed at the agreed upon location within a few weeks, with weather, delivery and workload permitting. 

Contact the Parks & Recreation Office (712-328-4650) for details on the Adopt-a-Bench policies and procedures. 

Current Members

Bill Spitznagle, President
Glenda Doupe, Vice President
Matt Garst, Treasurer
Cheryl Heininger
Bob Jordan
Larry Foster, Secretary (non-voting)
Terry Hoffman, City Staff Liaison