Construction on the first phase of the Streetscape kicked off on March 30, 2020, and wrapped up in Fall 2020. It included the reconstruction of West 3rd Street and West 2nd Street (Main to Washington).
Sidewalks were also reconstructed in the following areas:
• Parkade: 100 block - East side
• West 1st Street Crosswalk
• Parkade: 200 block - East side
• East 2nd Street sidewalk - entire south side and west half of north side
• Parkade: 200 block - West side
• Parkade: 300 block - East side (at 302 Main St.)
• Parkade: 100 block - West side
In 2020, amenities to accommodate guests in the area were also added including concrete twig benches on Main Street and additional pedestrian hubs throughout the district.
About the Downtown Streetscape Project
The City of Cedar Falls partnered with Community Main Street to develop a downtown streetscape plan in 2015. The goal was to increase walkability and create cohesion for the growing area.
Improvements started in 2019 along State Street and Washington with decorative light poles and conduit for the electricity. Hubs were installed on State Street which included a decorative brick with a bench, trash can, and bike rack. Construction plans were developed for portions of 2nd and 3rd Streets, as well as sidewalk replacement along the Parkade. Below is an image of the red, grey and tan brick that will be constructed on the Parkade from 2020–2022.
This conceptual layout and color scheme for downtown sidewalk bricks was supported by Council in May 2019.
These projects are a partnership among City, Community Main Street and Cedar Falls Utilities. A grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Commission is helping with part of the project as well. Community Main Street completed a fundraising campaign to support the project.