River's Edge Development
The River's Edge Pavilion is complete! 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. The new community building, River's Edge Pavilion, is located near the foot of the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge. The facility features two floors, a rooftop deck, a catering kitchen, private restrooms, and areas for meetings and presentation. The facility is 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. To reserve the building for your personal event visit: River's Edge Pavilion Web Page.
Not yet complete are the outdoor play elements which will include water features such as 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 play elements are expected to be complete by Summer 2018.
Construction has also begun on the adjacent 26 acres of land, also on the east side of the levee. This project includes 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.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.