River's Edge Development

If you visit Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park you will notice the construction of Phase Two on the east side of the Missouri River levee. Near the foot of the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge the community building and pavilion is taking shape. Upon completion the community building and pavilion will feature two floors, a rooftop deck, a catering kitchen, private restrooms, and areas for meetings and presentation. The facility will be 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 will also house public restrooms. 

Outside the community building will be a play element with water features including a 10-foot tall water wall, a flooding wading basin, water bubblers, spray jets and an illuminated fog feature. For pictures and more details see the River's Edge Park Phase Two Master Plan.

The adjacent 26 acres of land, also on the east side of the levee is being developed as well.  Crews are in the final phases of installing infrastructure to support 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. Construction is set to begin in summer 2017.  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. The development also incorporates the trail system with plans to connect the pedestrian bridge to downtown Council Bluffs via trails along 1st Avenue.