Our Park System

The Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation Department manages a park system of approximately 755 acres in size and includes 29 parks, a nature preserve, 15 landmarks and monuments, two historic cemeteries, a sports recreation complex, two aquatic centers, and 40 miles of trails throughout the city.

Our focus over the next several years is to upgrade our parks, trails, and assets through a place making and city beautification approach.  Towards this end, we will develop initiatives and projects which focus on creating visual interest along our trails, replace landscapes and site furnishings, and upgrade sports fields.  An important aspect of this approach is to review our operating practice with the intent to maintain our parks and facilities as cost effectively and efficiently as possible.   We will capitalize on community’s assets, creativity, and engagement with the objective of creating public spaces that celebrate our city, promote health and wellness, and provide our patrons with wonderful recreational opportunities.   

Iowa Smokefree Air Act--smoking is prohibited during any and all events taking place in the park.Iowa 

City of Council Bluffs Quality of Life and Attractiveness.

We are enhancing the quality of life and attractiveness of Council Bluffs by creating a Fall Color Corridor, managing the Downtown Hanging Basket Program, developing a Public Art Corridor and Fitness Corridor, installing a Habitat Corridor, and establishing an annual community events calendar.


Bayliss Park

Bayliss Fountain with flowers - 2007

Trolley Park

Trolley Park