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River Recreation Feasibility Study 

The goal of this project is to determine the best river recreation opportunities for Cedar Rapids and create a successful plan for implementation. This study will build on the community’s interest and feedback already outlined in the Greenways plan, and determine more specifically river reaction options that would be feasible and safe, while also being compatible with the City’s Flood Control System.

Public Input

We need your feedback! Take the survey below to tell us about your recreation activities and share your thoughts and ideas on future river recreation opportunities. 

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The Methodology

Crane Associates, River Restoration, and Anderson Bogert are performing the analysis. The study will cover the stretch of Cedar River that goes through Cedar Rapids, including both the 5-in-1-dam and the low head dam south of Prairie Park Fishery. It will also take into consideration river recreation both upstream and downstream of any proposed improvements.

This project will involve technical analysis of hydrology, dams, and other river conditions, along with economic impact analysis for river recreation amenities to develop several feasible options for river recreation amenities.

Moving Forward
The consultant and City staff will present their findings and solicit public feedback. Once a final recommendation is identified, the team will determine priority of improvements and create a phasing plan that includes order of magnitude cost estimates.

Timeline
This project kicked off in October 2019 and is expected to be completed by September 2020.

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