A popular local park has made some big additions that are sure to be enjoyed by many.

Work has been completed on the beautiful redevelopment of a new portion of Linn County's Morgan Creek Park. In the photos below you can see it's created a new entrance off of E Avenue NW in Cedar Rapids, and that's just the beginning.

The park, which started out with just over 100 acres decades ago now has more than 350 acres. There's a lot to love about the newest part of the park. In addition to an impressive new playground for kids of varying ages, there is a paved trail that stretches an entire mile inside the park, a gorgeous shelter with a fire pit area on the backside, new wetlands, and several modern restrooms.

One of the cool features of the newest area of Morgan Creek Park is the playground. It has areas for both younger children and those that are a little older. Swings, ziplines (pretty tame ones, but a good place to start that adventure), slides, and plenty of places to climb. Parents will appreciate the rubber surface that is under the entire playground and it has an added dimension at night. The Gazette reports the playground is surrounded by a glowstone walkway. The daytime sun powers its nighttime glow.

Another place that will definitely be popular is the large shelter. When you walk inside, you can easily visualize yourself attending a wedding there. You can get info on renting it here.

Delayed a bit due to the derecho and problems with the supply chain that has impacted so many projects across the area, the new portion of Morgan Creek Park is ready for visitors. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $6.2 million project will be held this Friday, June 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the new park entrance. It's located at 7212 E Ave. NW.

Here's a look at photos from over the weekend, when that part of the park opened for the first time.

Morgan Creek Park Redevelopment

The park has an impressive new entrance off E Ave. NW as well as an all-inclusive playground for kids, a new paved trail, large shelter, and more.

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