Wapsi Bluff construction
Wapsi Bluff construction
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Wapsi Bluff concept
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The new Wapsi Bluff Shelter at Pinicon Ridge Park taking shape

Posted:6/3/2020 Linn

An open air shelter and deck, which offers a breathtaking view of the Wapsipinicon River, is under construction just beyond the entrance of Pinicon Ridge Park near Central City. The project involves redeveloping the site of a former park shop and service yard into a scenic overlook for public use for gatherings and events. The overlook concept was included in the Pinicon Ridge Park Master Plans, approved in 2015. Along with a 250 person seated shelter, the project includes new restrooms, a concrete parking lot, and bioswales to control stormwater runoff. Horseshoe Falls Road near the project site will also be improved. Although weather delays slowed construction earlier this year, the Wapsi Bluff Shelter is expected to open to the public in 2021. Future development at this site will include a playground and a recreation trail connection to the park that also connects to Central City.  The $1.7 million Wapsi Bluff Shelter project is funded in part by Linn County Water and Land Legacy Bonds and a $400,000 Iowa Great Places grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.  Pinicon Ridge Park is part of the Cedar-Wapsi Recreational Byway, along with Prospect Meadows and Indian Creek Nature Center, which received an Iowa Great Place designation in 2014.