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Ushers Ferry Lodge grand opening set for October

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A ribbon cutting is set for Ushers Ferry Lodge, one of the Cedar Rapids' last flood recovery projects, combining 18 FEMA project worksheets from 34 flood-impacted buildings.

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Ushers Ferry Lodge, on Thursday, October 2 from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

There will also be an open house at Ushers Ferry Historic Village from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. the same afternoon with storytelling, hayrack rides starting at the lodge and goodies donated by Wright Touch Bakery.

The village buildings will be open with activities, including craftsmanship, cooking, and popcorn, and admission is free.

The lodge is used for programming in conjunction with the village and for general recreation purposes, helping to meet the deficiency in indoor programming space identified in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. It is also available for special events at Ushers Ferry and Seminole Valley Park and can be rented by the public.

The Ushers Ferry Lodge was one of the City's last flood recovery projects combining 18 FEMA project worksheets from 34 flood-impacted buildings on the Ushers Ferry site into a four-season, ADA accessible park facility.

The 7,250 square foot lodge includes a reception hall that can accommodate 300 people and a full catering kitchen. It features a fireplace that can be accessed from the indoor reception area and outdoor partially-covered patio area, along with a fire pit. A paved parking lot for up to 57 cars was added with plenty of additional parking available on grass. The cost of the project was $1,209,000.

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