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 reality with 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 playground grand opening was celebrated with a hog roast to thank all the volunteers.