Final designs revealed for Adventure Tower at Council Bluffs River’s Edge Park


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa. (WOWT) – The Southwest Iowa Nonprofit for Collective Impact unveiled the final designs for the MidAmerican Energy Adventure Tower at River’s Edge Park on Thursday.

Continuing the next phase of development, SINC defines the MidAmerican Energy Adventure Tower as 138 feet tall with varying levels and multiple platforms to take visitors on to experience views of the city, unique river, and more.

“Metro area residents often ask why our area doesn’t have a theme park or adventure-style activities,” said Brenda Mainwaring, president and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation. “The new Adventure Tower will begin to fill this gap by adding two new adventures to the list of summer activities: caving and gliding. With spectacular views of the river, Loess Hills, and downtown Omaha, the tower will be a favorite attraction year-round. Iowa West is thrilled to help bring these new adventures to Council Bluffs Riverside.

According to the release, phase four of River’s Edge includes a treetop walkway and pier with an estimated budget of $50 million. There was a principal gift of $15 million from the Iowa West Foundation.

An adventure course is part of the tower and offers challenging outdoor activities including a 50′ outdoor rock climbing wall, simulated caving experiences and a rolling ride.

Officials say phase four is funded entirely by private donations and tax increases are not part of the funding plan.

“River’s Edge continues to be a great example of a successful public/private partnership,” said Mayor Walsh. “We are grateful to SINC, MidAmerican Energy and our other private sector partners for their commitment to Council Bluffs.”

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