- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Falls is celebrating the reopening of the Island Park Beach House after the original structure was destroyed by floodwaters in 2008.

A ceremony will be held Thursday to commemorate the reopening after seven years of planning and fundraising. The first event at the new beach house will take place Oct. 15 with a potluck for the North Shore Boat Club.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Mark Ripplinger, director of municipal operations and programs for the city. “But the facility, as far as usefulness and its ability to be maintained, is a much better facility.”

The beach house, an institution in Cedar Falls for 90 years, is an important part of the city’s quality of life, businessman Dave Krejchi told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (https://bit.ly/1LgZ5pa ).

“We stood by the project because we wanted people in the city to experience a beautiful view of the river and be able to rent the facility and have events there,” he said.

The North Shore Boat Club has a seasonal rental agreement for a portion of the facility on selected dates, but the beach house also can be rented by the general public for special events.

“Without the support of the North Shore Boat Club, it probably wouldn’t have gotten built, and the city will back us on that,” Krejchi said.

The beach house cost about $650,000 to rebuild. The new structure retains some of the same architectural qualities, but it’s made of concrete instead of wood, Krejchi said. It’s also a “floodable” facility, allowing water to flow through it without damaging the structure.

A larger celebration is planned in June.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com


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