Efforts continue to save stone Bever Park bridge in Cedar Rapids
Jan 2019

Efforts continue to save stone Bever Park bridge in Cedar Rapids

A sign warns Bever Park visitors to stay off the stone bridge in September 2017. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Targeted for removal more than one year ago, the stone bridge in Bever Park has been given a second chance, but only if the public comes up with enough funds for its restoration.

A subcommittee of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission has started an online fundraiser in hopes of raising $150,000, the estimated cost of repairing the bridge, which is more than a century old and one of the few remaining early features of the park.

Related: Historic Bever Building demolished to make way for Skogman offices

Learn more about the background on the bridge and the city’s response to public reaction.

Fundraising is underway to save this stone bridge, which has stood in Bever Park almost since its inception in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)



James Daugherty

There is no reason this should cost $150,000 to repair. It could be done with a small I-Beam C shape support system that could just be slid under the opening and then recover the top. I have restored so many wonderful historical homes, buildings and other historical items for less than 20% of what a city is quoted due to the overly ambitious bids from people who think a city will pay more. In my experience most cities will pay more to tear down a beautiful old building than it could be restored for. Email me at if you need help or have any questions.

Tabby Barnes

Wow that is the smallest bridge ever and it leads to nowhere. So whats up with the $150,000 bid. Who’s pockets are being padded with that money.

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