Cedar River Recreational Project

The Cedar River Recreational Project presents a major transformation for both the City of Cedar Falls and the Cedar River Valley. It will connect residents and visitors to the river, improve safety and accessibility for all, enhance aquatic life and opportunities, plus provide family-friendly activities. The project is located between Main Street and First Street adjacent to downtown Cedar Falls and will connect Peter Melendy Park on the southside of the river with Gateway Park in the northside.

Stay updated on this exciting project! Below you will find the most recent construction updates. You can also click here for more information about the Cedar River Recreational Project. To sign up for email/text alerts about the progress, visit www.cedarfalls.com/notify.


Starting on Monday, September 11th, the City’s contractor, PCI, will be starting the Cedar River Recreational Project by closing the recreational trail located in Gateway Park. An overall trail detour will be signed and established utilizing Greeley Street and Lincoln Street. The detour is anticipated to be in place for the next year as crews work to build the in-river features and upland improvements. Attached you will find a map with the closure area highlighted.

North Trail Closure - Cedar River Rec

For safety's sake, please stay away from the construction area. Heavy equipment will be moving back and forth on the closed sections of trail and in the park along the riverbank. If you have any questions or concerns during the course of construction, please contact Matthew Tolan with the Cedar Falls Engineering division.


Matthew Tolan, EI

Civil Engineer II