Design plans revealed for observation tower at River's Edge Park

(Council Bluffs, IA) -- Design plans are revealed for an observation tower planned for River's Edge Park in Council Bluffs.

Southwest Iowa Nonprofit for Collective Impact says thanks to a $5 million lead contribution from MidAmerican Energy, the new amenity will be named MidAmerican Energy Adventure Tower. "We are proud to support the Council Bluffs community in a way that contributes to the quality of life and vibrancy of the area," said Kathryn Kunert, Vice President of Economic Connections and Integration at MidAmerican Energy. "This adventure tower is the type of amenity that fosters an active and healthy lifestyle while supporting growth in the community that our customers call home."

MidAmerican Energy Adventure Tower will be a 138-foot tall observation tower with multiple platforms on different levels taking visitors above the trees to experience river, woodland, and city views. An adventure course is also part of the tower which includes an outdoor 50' climbing wall, simulated caving experiences, and a roll-glide ride.

"We are grateful to MidAmerican Energy for their altruism and commitment to the communities they serve," said Pete Tulipana, President of SINC. "The MidAmerican Energy Adventure Tower will attract residents and visitors alike with a variety of components suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities."

SINC says the tower will be built above the flood zone, at the levee system's elevation. The structure will be supported by piles driven to bedrock and designed for flood conditions, including the potential impacts from ice. Public seating and restroom facilities will be connected to the elevated walkway. “We have diligently evaluated the design of the tower based on long-term operational and maintenance costs," said Vincent Martorello, Director of Parks and Recreation at the City of Council Bluffs. “In doing so, we’ve selected durable materials that are readily available and design solutions that don’t require mechanical parts or electronic systems such as a rolling door vs electronically operated doors.”

In addition to the tower, plans for River's Edge Phase Four include a treetop walk and a pier. SINC says they are conducting the fundraising and management for River's Edge Phase Four in partnership with the City of Council Bluffs. SINC says Phase Four is funded by private donations. The estimated budget is $50 million, and the Iowa West Foundation has provided the lead gift of $15 million.

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