City-County Trail Connector
The City-County Connector Trail is listed in the Metropolitan Area Transportation Agency (MAPA) current Transportation Improvement Program and approved in the current Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. The City received $461,000.00 in federal funding administered through the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) for this estimated $575,059 project. Once completed, the one-mile connector trail will connect the city trail system to a wider county trail system along Railroad Highway, from Kanesville Blvd. to the northern Council Bluffs corporate limits. Connecting the existing City trails with the County’s mainly rural system offers a unique opportunity for both rural and urban residents to experience expanded trail environments.
Fall Color Corridor
As part of our City beautification initiative, we are planting a Fall Color Corridor along South Side Trail, immediately west of S 8th Street and north of 14th Avenue. The corridor will bring a seasonal display of fall color and serve as an educational opportunity for users through the use of tree identification signs with a brief narrative about their landscape value and use.
Harry Langdon Boulevard
River's Edge Phase Four
The City of Council Bluffs is working in partnership with SINC and the Iowa West Foundation on Phase Four of River's Edge. Phase Four will improve the area north of Tom Hanafan Park. Plans include Belle's Play Garden woodland restoration (2021), a treetop walk (2022), an observation tower (2023), a climbing adventure course (2023), a pier (2024). For more information visit councilbluffs-ia.gov/riversedge..
Valley View Habitat Corridor
The need to establish contiguous and diverse habitats in urban areas is critical as land continues to be developed and our natural open spaces become less and segmented. We received a grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to establish over nine acres of habitat for butterflies and pollinator species. The funding will allow us to increase the habitat diversity on land in and near Valley View Park, along Mosquito Creek. Construction is slated for Fall 2020.