Charles City

The Cedar River runs through the downtown of Charles City, located in Floyd County, making the downtown a central place for gathering, business, entertainment, and more. Following the floods of 2008, the City is interested in transforming the northern bank of the river to a park that would utilize space and mitigate future flood risks without losing the downtown as a hub of the City.




Charles City Waterfront and Credit Trading

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Academic year

Graduate students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning developed a market analysis for a kayak park on Cedar River and made recommendations for linking the new park to downtown. Students also drafted recommendations to enhance the quality of water in Cedar River through water quality credits trading.

This project was based off of Charles City's then desire to create a riverfront park following the floods of 2008, and integrating the recommendations from Iowa State University and Recreation Engineering and Planning to develop a waterfront attraction.