Picnic in the Park

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Pack your basket, grab a picnic blanket and bring your family to Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park!

The Great Lawn is perfect for throwing the frisbee, kicking around the soccer ball or just lounging and enjoying the scenic view. When the sun goes down, the Great Lawn becomes a canvas for artist Dan Corson's interactive light environment, "Rays," which is part of the Iowa West Public Art collection.

Utilizing powerful, dynamic robotic lighting fixtures, the lawn is activated every half hour after sunset. In addition to the choreographed sequences, there is a complex interactive lighting component that will track and "play" with people through a series of simple, intuitive games.

Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park is also home to "Big Mo," by Mark di Suvero. The "Spacetime Orange" sculpture was installed in December 2014, and stands 75-feet tall. It features two moving pieces on top that rotate in opposite directions, responding to the wind.

You can take a bicycle ride or walk across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, stopping in the middle to stand over the Missouri River with one foot in Iowa and one foot in Nebraska, of course!

Tom Hanafan Rivers Edge Park


River's Edge Park is the City of Council Bluff's premeire community park that hosts concerts, movies, sporting events, annual...