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Time Check, Czech Village + Riverfront Greenway Parks

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

On June 13, 2008, the Cedar River crested to its highest level in Cedar Rapids history. The flood waters penetrated 10 square miles, almost 14 percent of the city. This monumental flood impacted 7,198 parcels, including 5,390 houses, dislocated more than 18,000 residents and damaged 310 City facilities. The City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department is developing a riverfront greenway, comprised of previously existing park properties and additional properties which were flooded in 2008 and have since been acquired by the City.

Confluence was retained to lead a multi-disciplinary team to develop concept-level design plans as well as a business/operations plan for three existing park properties and boardwalk connection which represent a long term vision for the downtown riverfront greenway. The plans will be used for future budgeting, construction planning and development.

Each of the parks was designed to complement the others and to provide different opportunities based on context and attributes, allowing a greater diversity of park features. In addition, the park layouts and programming were greatly influenced by the ideas and feedback received throughout an extensive public engagement process facilitated by the design team.

Time Check, the largest of the park areas, is intended to accommodate recreational and community activities with athletic fields and a large event lawn. The Riverfront district’s location at the downtown core and adjacency to an existing amphitheater provides opportunities for urban amenities such as the restaurant/retail development, promenade and boardwalk. With its quaint business district and cultural heritage, Czech Village allows for a more intimate, active festival and activity space with features such as the ice trail and high ropes course to bolster the regional draw to this unique site. Added mixed-use development provides retail expansion possibilities for the business district and brings residents back to this neighborhood.