CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The community is invited to join city officials and neighborhood leaders for a commemorative ceremony dedicating the new Northwest Gateway & Memorial Plaza on Wednesday, June 13, 2:00 p.m., at O Avenue NW and 6th Street NW. The ceremony will include the dedication of the privately-funded West Side Rising sculpture.
Together with the community, city officials will mark the 10-year anniversary of the flood and its impact on residents, neighborhoods, and businesses. Speakers include Mayor Brad Hart, City Manager Jeff Pomeranz, Northwest Neighborhood Association President Al Pierson, and members of the West Side Rising fundraising committee.
About the Plaza
The plaza features a memorial plaque with historic narrative on the northwest neighborhood, one of the areas hit hardest by the 2008 Flood. The wall’s highest point was constructed to convey the 2008 river crest; its lowest point is where the waters would have reached during the 2016 Flood, had protective measures not been taken. In the center of the plaza stands a symbolic blue light that will be illuminated at night—a nod to the blue porch lights that were used to indicate that a home was occupied when the 2008 Flood waters receded. The plaza also features a distinctive gateway that will welcome residents or visitors to the site. Nearby, the privately-funded West Side Rising sculpture speaks to the resiliency of the northwest neighborhood and the residents and business leaders who helped bring it back after the 2008 Flood.