Local Input Needed: Fairmount Park Survey

The Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation Department wants to hear what you want out of Fairmount Park. How do you picture Fairmount Park in the future? What would entice you to spend a day at Fairmount Park? What attractions would be most important to you?

Take the quick Fairmount Park survey, and have your voice heard. The City is collecting responses until January 31, 2022. 

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Fairmount Park has been a fixture in the Council Bluffs community for years. To keep up with a growing population and ensure the park provides the most entertainment for everyone, the City of Council Bluffs has been working with Iowa State University’s College of Design and the National Parks Service to develop improvements for the park.

Five zones have been identified in the Fairmount Park Master Plan.

Zone 1 is the park gateway and wayfinding. The Gateway area highlights the location of the historic trolley that entered the park a century ago to bring visitors to Fairmount Park.

Zone 2 is the “main event.” What is now a drive up lookout and lawn space, the Dodge Lookout could transform into a welcoming space that would allow visitors to enjoy the one-of-a-kind views from Fairmount Park.

Zone 3 is the community and neighborhood park. Bring the kids to the playground, take a walk through the native grass prairie to the pond, or let your dog socialize with other pups in the dog park. This area of Fairmount Park would also include elevated slides that run throughout the forest.

Zone 4 is the family zone and playground. The family zone builds off of the existing playground by adding nature play elements, trails, and playful earthworks for kids to play on. With all the traffic from the splash pad, having a unique playground will add to the fun and get kids to explore more of Fairmount.

Zone 5 is the adventure zone. Get ready to hop, climb, and run to the next obstacle. These trails would be designed to connect guests from the existing splash pad and fire pit area to the valley below.

The Fairmount Park Community Survey closes on January 31, 2022. To view the entire Fairmount Park Master Plan, visit  councilbluffs-ia.gov/2471. This spring, the Parks and Recreation Department will unveil the feedback gathered through this survey at a special event in Fairmount Park. In the meantime, you can follow the City of Council Bluffs on social media for updates and happenings.

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This post was originally published on November 23, 2021 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.