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Hughes Park Project
Hughes Park planning open houseIn the fall of 2015, the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department was awarded with a $300,000 grant from Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection program, commonly referred to as REAP. REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. The funds were awarded to acquire over 7 acres of property for the purpose of creating a neighborhood park in the southwest quadrant of Cedar Rapids, an area determined as having a deficiency in green space in the Department’s Master Plan.

Hughes Park, located at 2100 Wilson Avenue SW, was purchased in 2016 for $403,000. The land contains many mature trees and provides an opportunity to create a new type of park setting in Cedar Rapids.  Concepts incorporate landmark trees into a naturalized park with trails, native prairie, interpretive educational signage and a natural playscape. The timeline for developing the park is three to five years.

Hughes Park planning open house On February 15, 2017, an open house was held to gain public feedback in design. The public had an opportunity to talk to staff and architects about their desired use and vision for the park.

An opportunity to provide input on the project is ongoing. Please review the attached designs and email preferences for Concept A or B to parks@cedar-rapids.org.

Hughes Park Concept A
Hughes Park Concept B
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