Cedar Rapids Greenways
In 2008, historic flooding had a devastating effect on Cedar Rapids. Fifteen years later, the community is rebuilding and coming back stronger than before. A Greenway Parks Plan that identified three park areas along the riverfront was compiled in 2014. This plan determined recreation priorities in more than 100 acres of park areas within the Time Check, Kingston Village and Czech Village neighborhoods. Following substantial progress on the flood control system, the City is updating the Greenway Park Plan! The updated plan will consider the current flood control system alignment and build on the ongoing planning and design efforts along the river. It will expand on public input received in 2014 and confirm priorities previously identified. The plan will define preferred park features and themes related to passive uses, active recreation, landscape types, connectivity, and water access. Community members are encouraged to participate in several public engagement opportunities and follow the plan's progress.
Why are the greenway parks important?
- Greenways provide economic benefits, including attracting and retaining the next-generation workforce and increasing private investment and property values in nearby neighborhoods.
- Greenways and trail connectivity create places to be physically active and improve people's health.
- Greenways transform the neighborhoods hardest hit by the flood and provide places to gather and celebrate the community.