Historians raising money to restore Bever Park Bridge in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -- Friends of Cedar Rapids Historic Preservation are making another push to save a century-old Cedar Rapids bridge. The city was set to remove the Bever Park Bridge at Bever Park because repairs would be too expensive. But one group convinced them not to.

The bridge will cost more $150,000 to restore. If people can help them pay 75% of that, they say the city of Cedar Rapids will cover the rest. There is a fear that the city will eventually tear it down if they can't get that money raised.

Right now the bridge is fenced off from the public. It needs a new deck, and work done at the bottom before people can walk on it again.

Historians want to create a trail that the restored bridge would connect to. They tell me the sentimental value alone makes it worth saving.

"People connect with this bridge,” said Mark Stoffer Hunter with The History Center. “I think that's another reason why to save it is that people have a really good feeling when they see it, they connect with their childhood. Several generations of Cedar Rapidians and people in the Cedar Rapids area have enjoyed this bridge."

At its peak, the bridge was use to connect drivers from Bever Park to the city's downtown area. Click here for information on how to donate.