In a special City Council Meeting at the official dedication of the new park on the Missouri River in May, the Council passed a resolution to dedicate the new park in honor of the individual who has brought the community back to the river: Council Bluffs’ longtime Mayor, Tom Hanafan.  After a unanimous vote by members of the City Council, the new park on the Iowa side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is now called “Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park.”

The City of Council Bluffs and the Iowa West Foundation along with many event sponsors invite the public to visit Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park and celebrate its official opening with Loessfest!

Upcoming Loessfest events include:

June 5: Movie in the Park­–Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 9 p.m.

June 7-8: Bluffs Bash Family Weekend, Friday 5-10 p.m. featuring live bands Hi-Fi    Hangover and Secret Weapon. Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. features bounce houses, arts, antiques, food and drink and live music including Matt Cox, All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, Steve Raybine, Don Vappie and the Potash Twins

June 8, 7:30 p.m.: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans

All events are free to the public. Visit for more details about the events and for directions and parking information.