The Council Bluffs Fire Department will once again offer local children a chance to cool down from the summer. The department’s hydrant party season begins today.
The parties are held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June to August.
A fire truck will also be on site for kids and community members to check out.
Free books will be provided every Thursday (except Aug. 8) donated by the Council Bluffs Public Library. More than 120 books are expected to be donated by the library, with the reading levels ranging from board to chapter books, according to Christine Anderson, Council Bluffs Public Library youth library assistant.
The scheduled locations include:
June 11: Roberts Park, 1000 N. 25th St.
June 13: 33rd Street and Fourth Avenue.
June 18: North 40th Street and River’s Edge Parkway
June 20: Bel Air and Renner Drives
June 25: North 32nd Street and Avenue E
June 27: 19th Avenue and South Seventh Street
July 2: Poplar Street between Birch Street and Ash Street
July 9: Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park
July 11: Lake Street and Arnold Avenue
July 16: South 27th Street and Eighth Avenue
July 18: Simms Avenue and Horizon Drive
July 23: Berwick Circle
July 25: Third Avenue and South 20th Street
July 30: 3200 Chippewa Lane
Aug. 1: North 26th Street and Avenue E
Aug. 6: North Broadway and Oak Street
Aug. 8: The Charles Lakin Human Services Campus, 16th Street and Avenue H
Aug. 13: Children’s Square U.S.A., Curtis Street and Avenue E
The water will be provided by the Council Bluffs Water Works, with Centris Federal Credit Union sponsoring the events around Council Bluffs.
Fire Capt. Robert Martin said nearby roads will be blocked off at each event for additional safety, and a party will be cancelled in the event of rain.
The hydrant parties are free and open to the public.