The Council Bluffs Recreation Complex has been selected as a winner of the 2020 Fields of Excellence® Award by Pioneer® Athletics.

The Fields of Excellence Award Program honors outstanding athletic fields and the hardworking field crews who diligently maintain them. The Fields of Excellence Award Program was established in 1997 and has honored over 1,262 athletic fields from around the country since its creation.

“We have an outstanding team of employees that continues to strive for excellent field conditions and take a great deal of pride in their work. It’s nice to have our efforts noticed,” said Zach Smith, CB Rec Complex Supervisor.

The Council Bluffs Recreation Complex employs five full-time staff members and 15-20 seasonal employees. The crews maintain the fields and mow creative striping patterns. Parks and Recreation books more than 25 tournaments at the Rec Complex each year, thus generating more than 500,000 visitors to the facility annually.

Iowa Sports Turf Managers Association (ISTMA) recognized the Rec Complex as Baseball Field of the Year in 2011 and as ISTMA Softball Field of the Year in 2012.

"The Council Bluffs Recreation Complex is the envy of surrounding soccer clubs. The condition of the fields, striping schedule, and alternating field locations create a playing surface where our youngest players feel like a pro when they get to play on such amazing fields," said Arian Haddix, Executive Director at Council Bluffs Soccer Club.

Pioneer® is the nation’s leading manufacturer of athletic field marking paint and equipment. Designed for durability and dependability, Pioneer’s line-up of natural and synthetic field paints, antimicrobial coatings, striping machines, high-quality stencils, and athletic accessories are used by over 22,000 high schools, colleges, and professional athletic organizations throughout North America.

For more information, visit cbparksandrec.org

This blog originated as a press release from the City of Council Bluffs. 

This post was originally published on April 8, 2021 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.