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Westside Library Park

Westside Library Park

In 2022, the Cedar Rapids Library took a significant step towards a permanent westside library location by purchasing land at the corner of Wiley Boulevard SW and 20th Avenue SW. The Library is working with the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department on integrating a public park into the site design with a vision for "a park in a library and a library in a park."

Over the next four months, the City will complete a planning process to develop a concept plan for the park area. This exciting project spans approximately 6 acres and represents a collaborative effort between the City and the Library. The City has hired Genus Landscape Architects to help complete the Plan.

There are known community desires for additional park space and amenities including, water features, a dog park, a community garden, walking trails, and dedicated space for youth activities. This development aligns with the broader Westdale Area Action Plan and the Community Gardens in Parks Plan, reflecting a commitment to creating vibrant, multi-purpose spaces that enhance the quality of life for residents.

For more information on the new Westside Library, visit the Library’s project page!

Plan Area

Updated Westside Library Park Area Map - Copy

Plan Timeline
Project Timeline - August 2023 to Spring 2024

Upcoming Engagement Events and Opportunities

We are excited to hear from YOU! Upcoming community engagement events will be posted below. Watch our social media channels for the most current updates.


Attend the Open House to view the final draft of the concept plan!
Westside Library Park Open House on Wednesday, November 29 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at City Services Center (500 15th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids).


Project Updates

  • July 12, 2023: City Staff provided an update on the Plan process to the City Council Development Committee. 
    VIEW MEETING PRESENTATION 
  • August 4/5, 2023: City Staff conducted engagement at the City's Back to School Bash at Cherry Hill and at the Westdale Neighborhood Association's Backpack Giveaway at Delaney Park to get feedback on desired amenities within the future Park. 
    View Feedback summary 
  • August 8, 2023: City Staff met with the consultant team (Genus Landscape Architects) to kick-off the planning process.
  • September 20, 2023: Preliminary concept plan developed for public input. 
    View Concept Plan 
  • September 25, 2023: City Staff provided an update on the Plan process to the City Council Development Committee. 
    VIEW MEETING PRESENTATION 
  • September 27, 2023: The City held an open house to solicit community input on the Plan. 
    VIEW Open House Boards 
  • September/October: City Staff conducted engagement at various community events and through an online survey.
    View Feedback summary 
  • October/November 2023: City Staff and the consultant team updated the preliminary concept plan to incorporate community input.
  • November 29, 2023: The City held an open house to share the final draft of the concept Plan. 
    VIEW Open House Boards 
  • December 13, 2023: City Staff provided an update on the Plan process to the City Council Development Committee. 
    VIEW MEETING PRESENTATION 
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