The Omaha World Herald recently reported on Sasaki's continuing work at Tom Hanafan's River's Edge Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Pending final approval by city council, an expansion of the award-winning park could begin as early as the spring, and will include an indoor/outdoor pavilion, a water playground, and a lawn and hardscaped plaza space for smaller events.
The previous phase of work, completed in 2013, is sited across the Missouri River from Omaha at the convergence of Council Bluff's local trails and a regional trail system. Marked by its "great lawn," and stunning view of Downtown Omaha, the park has enjoyed success amongst the local population; a recent editorial said the park "has already transformed the landscape in Council Bluffs, offering residents a place to go for concerts, movies, and more." The park's contribution to the community was honored with the inaugural Omaha By Design Environment and Open Space Award earlier this year.
The next phase will represent a significant increase in size and offered amenities of the park. The pavilion, designed by a local architect, will be open to the public and available to rent for private events. The water playground will offer several innovative water features, such as a waterfall, a wading pool, and a misting area, the last of which Council Bluffs' Park Director Larry Foster says will be popular with hikers and cyclists who can "zip through the fog, it'll cool you off a little bit, and then you're back on the trail."
Directly across from downtown Omaha and at the foot of the newly-completed Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, the Council Bluffs Riverfront Park is a 90-acre public park situated within the broad riparian floodplain...