Developing an Urban Green Space

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

Development of the Playland Park Neighborhood on the Council Bluffs side of the Bob Kerrey Bridge continues.

Part of the plan, the development of the dry side of the levee will be determined in January but the wet side of the levee is quickly taking shape.

When Dixie Bowen gets back home one of the things she loves the most is to ride on the trails. Today she is sharing her love of biking with nephews Sam and Andrew.

Dixie Bowen says, "You can't expect to build something like this and not expect to share."

Bowen is excited to see the development in progress on the Bluffs side of the river.

The plan won't be finalized but we can expect some apartments on the south end, single family homes to match the surrounding area on the north and condos on the west side of the property.

Development on the Council Bluffs side of the Missouri River should not raise any concern that the area will be ruined. Mayor Hanafan says the 95 acres that make up River's Edge Park will still provide a picturesque green space in the heart of the Metro.

It also provides stadium seating for future concerts with the Omaha skyline as the backdrop.

The plan for the dry side of the levee calls for development and housing but Bowen doesn't think that will diminish her love for the Bob Kerrey Bridge and the trails that sprout from it.

Dixie Bowen says, "The more people the better especially if there is a place to get food and that kind of thing and it opens up the trail as far as a destination."

The location provides an opportunity to experience a unique metropolitan area.

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