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In October 1992 the Iowa DNR asked the Council Bluffs Jaycees to spearhead an effort to build a playground on land within Lake Manawa State Park. In March 1993 a design architect visited students at local schools and sketched a design based on their ideas. The “Dream Playground” became a reality with the help of more than 1,700 volunteers in just 5 days from August 25-29, 1993. The entire project was organized, funded and built by the community. Volunteers ranged from age 3 to 93 and encompassed all skill levels. The park has been enjoyed by our community for the past 25 years.

The Council Bluffs Community is rallying together to revitalize and expand the Dream Playground. The goal is to develop the playground with the dreams of today’s children providing accessibility to children of all ages and abilities. Almost 1,800 children from the Council Bluffs area submitted a drawing for the Dream Playground Re-Imagined Project. Designers from Play-By-Design reviewed all the pictures and created the final design for the project, which was revealed to the public on April 12, 2017, In addition, the Dream Playground Re-Imagined project will also preserve the dream of the children from 25 years ago by restoring some vital elements of the current playground structure.

We are asking for your help now to help bring this dream to life! Please visit our website to find out all of the ways you can donate, or volunteer.