City parks are gathering places for families, neighbors and visitors. Local and national studies on parks have shown that they can improve physical and psychological health, revitalize communities, and make cities and neighborhoods more attractive places to live and work.
The Iowa West Foundation has awarded grants to support, build, enhance and renovate parks — large and small — in our area. For example, the Foundation gave $5.45 million for the creation of the new Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, which opened in May. This quarter, park-related grants were awarded to Cass County Conservation for winter recreation equipment and the City of Lewis for playground equipment.
In addition, this spring the Foundation funded an initiative centering around new entry signage for Council Bluffs parks. “Art in the Park” will feature artwork created by local artists with neighborhood input.