Riverview Recreation Area
Riverview Recreation Area is a sand pit reclamation and neighborhood renewal project near downtown Waterloo. It features a unique combination of passive water-oriented recreation and a popular all terrain vehicle park on a site with a checkered past of unsupervised parties and a history of “anything goes”. Through public meetings of both neighborhood and regional citizens, the City of Waterloo and our office concluded that there was sufficient land and interest available to facilitate diverse uses in a compatible way. By accommodating and isolating all-terrain vehicle use along the Cedar River through fencing and physical distance, the developing recreation area is taking shape and becoming very popular. The historic uses of all-terrain vehicles, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors are now compatible activities as work continues on new access roads, boat ramps, parking and picnic areas, and a swimming beach.