Group Unveils Final Plans for Cedar Lake

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A Cedar Rapids lake that was once a toxic eye sore will soon get a big makeover.

Cedar Lake is shown in an aerial photograph in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)

The Friends of Cedar Lake unveiled plans for the lake Thursday night at an open house. This plan has come after more than 60 community feedback meetings over two and a half years.

The project will have everything from an illuminated pedestrian bridge to a boardwalk. And a new piece of the project is getting some fountains or artwork put in the part of the lake that's most visible from interstate 380. The plans also include vegetative floating islands and additional parking.

"We came in at just over eight million dollars. And that's exciting for us because of the overwhelming support that we have received from all of the community groups that we have been reaching out to for the last two and a half years. We really think we can hit that number with the majority coming from the private sector," said Felicia Wyrick

Friends of Cedar Lake will present the master plan to the city council for approval.

The group hope to transfer ownership of the lake from Alliant Energy to the city soon. An environmental study needs to be done on Cedar Lake first.

The group said some of the smaller projects will start this spring and crews will start working on the bigger amenities in 2017.


Cedar Lake is shown in an aerial photograph in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
Friends of Cedar Lake unveiled final plans for the lake at an open house Thursday, February 4, 2016.
Friends of Cedar Lake unveiled final plans for the lake at an open house Thursday, February 4, 2016.