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Cedar Rapids Reveals Greenway Concepts

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — City leaders revealed concepts for their three greenway parks, Wednesday evening, at the City Services Center.

The 2008 flood destroyed hundreds of homes in the Time Check, Kingston, and Czech Village areas. Almost all the homes are gone, leaving about 110 acres of open space or “greenways”. The city wants to turn them into parks, and has been reaching out to the public to find out what kind.

At a March meeting, Cedar Rapids had the public vote and comment on different ideas that could fill the future parks. From that data a firm drew up three concepts for each of the three greenway areas.

In the Kingston area, concepts call for basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts, or things like a promenade. In the Czech Village, a possible ice rink, zip line across the river, mini golf course, or wildlife habitat. At Time Check, dog parks, a botanical garden, a clock tower, or a ropes course.

Those in attendance were asked to describe what they thought of the concepts on feedback sheets. City officials said they'll take that info and use it for the next round of park designs.

“In early June we're going to have another round of public comment where people will look at the park designs for each of the three parks and say ‘What do we like, what don't we like',” said Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Director Sven Leff. “They'll also be able to ask questions and understand why certain things were included and why some weren't. That's pretty much, with one final revision, where we'll get the final plans.”

Leff said the finalized park designs and a construction schedule should be in hand by the end of July.



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