IRR hailed the city’s numerous river-oriented projects, including the construction of new riverside parks, and the transformation of a low-head dam into the state’s first whitewater kayak course.
“The city’s projects both protect the Cedar River and celebrate it as a rich source of enjoyment and civic pride,” Peckumn said. “We commend Charles City as Iowa’s River Town of the Year. Your efforts will be admired, discussed, and emulated by other Iowa river towns for a long time to come.”
Charles City officials say the projects have resulted in increased response to tourism and community promotional efforts.
“The Cedar River is now more than ever a valued asset for the community, making Charles City an even better place to live, work and play,” City officials said.
For more information, read the full Iowa Rivers Revival press-release.