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Plans for CR Greenways

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)  Six years into flood recovery and Cedar Rapids city leaders are now laser focused on the Greenways Parks project and asking the public for help.  Wednesday night more than 100 people turned out at the City Services Center to offer their input on nine separate proposals ranging from bike trials and kayaking runs to wildlife areas, eatable gardens and one of the most popular ideas, a zip line running across the river.

Parks Director Sven Leff says its the next step in the process to bring back the fun and family times in areas destroyed by the 2008 flooding.  Those attending wandered through the exhibit hall filled with large display boards showing the possible changes for the area near Czech Village, the open spaces where homes were demolished near M avenue in Time Check and the riverfront near the new amphitheater.

Shannon Day says she came to push for a place for pets and would love to see a dog park along the Cedar, That would be great for dogs.  I like to see the river .. that way you could see it while youre walking on the trails, I like that.

The skate park near Penford Products has seen better days and the areas biggest boarding cheerleader smiled when he saw the drawings that included a brand new skate park upriver from I-380, I mean its right across from Skater Oats, it doesnt get any better.  You can smell the smell of crunch berries as you skate.  Theres also nothing better than having a hotel right near your park. Having Coopers Mill there is the most awesome thing ever, because people can come from Des Moines, Minnesota etc.

Ken Barker and his family paid special attention to the big diagrams showing all the trails, Having a place where you can ride bikes, skate and do fun sports, you know.  His little boy Wil took it all in, wide-eyed and made it clear he just wished it was already done, I like green space, we can put a bike park in there!

Leff says there are several other issues to consider, budgets, flood protection and what FEMA will allow in the floodplain, but city leaders hope to take all the input and devise a final plan for the Greenways Parks by mid June.  
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