Welcome to the Gibraltar Neighborhood Association website. We are so proud of our historic neighborhood, and our residents work hard to make it a great place to live! In fact, in 2016, we were awarded SECOND PLACE in the Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) National Competition under the "Social Revitalization" category, beating other neighborhoods from around the country! (Learn more about NUSA at www.nusa.org). Watch our conference presentation on what we accomplished in 2016 by clicking on the video link, below.
The Gibraltar Neighborhood Association (GNA) encompasses a large number of homes and businesses in an area east of the Council Bluffs public library. Our approximate boundaries are from the top of 5th Avenue on the east, 4th Street on the west, and from 9th Avenue on the south edge all the way north to St. Peter's church! (To see an actual map of the GNA boundaries and other Neighborhoods, click this cool interactive tool provided by the 712 Initiative!).
Our neighborhood also includes the Willow/Bluff/Third Street Historic District which is on the National Register of Historic Places. For a comprehensive description of the many historic homes in the district, click here.
So, how did we get our name? One of the most striking formations of the Loess Hills once stood at the southeast corner of 5th Avenue and 3rd Street. Standing at least 250 feet high, this large dirt formation was known as Gibraltar. According to Silent Hills Speak, History of Council Bluffs (by William E. Ramsey and Betty Dineed Shrier), "The tower cliffs of Gibraltar (likely named for the global landmark at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea) were an area fixture in the neighborhood for as long as early residents can remember." Our Association logo is derived from early photos like the one below.
Learn MORE about our great neighborhood by clicking on the video below -- it was our submission for the Neighborhoods, USA competition!
2022 4th of July Fireworks DATES & TIMES shown above - - PLEASE respect your neighbors!
August 13: Neighborhood Picnic!
WHAT: Gibraltar Street Party & Family Picnic
WHEN: Saturday AUGUST 13, 2022 // 4:00pm to ??
WHERE: The top of Clark Avenue
WHO: Anyone who likes to have fun!
IT’S ALWAYS A BLAST at our neighborhood family potluck picnic! Come one, come all and please bring the Kiddos!! We’ll have games, music, and hopefully a visit from the Fire Dept. and/or Police Dept. Your Gibraltar Neighborhood Association will provide the Main Dish Meat, along with lemonade & water, plates, cups, and utensils. You bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share! (Coolers with your own preferred beverages are also encouraged) We have the 712 Block Party Trailer reserved, so there will be plenty of tables and chairs for your comfort.
** RSVP by August 10th so we know how many tables to set up! Email your RSVP (and how many are attending) to Jill (email@example.com) or Michele (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MARK YOUR CALENDARS and make plans to come picnic with your neighbors! SEE YOU THEN!
STAY IN TOUCH / KEEP INFORMED!
We promote events, share notifications, post pictures and MORE using our online channels (website + facebook + NextDoor.com), and also via email notices. Click here to learn more about the ways to keep in touch!
Attend a Meeting!
We need your input, suggestions and experience to make our neighborhood a clean, safe, wonderful place to live! Our business meetings are held in a variety of locations (people's homes, The Center, The American Legion, The Dodge House, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, etc.). We also have frequent SOCIAL meetings that are held in a variety of places (resident's homes, the park, a local watering hole, etc.), so watch for news on those!