'ConnectCR' links Cedar Lake and pedestrian bridge with bike trails

An ambitious bike trail, pedestrian bridge and lake restoration project — dubbed ConnectCR — would be a statewide game changer, a contingent of Cedar Rapids officials told a legislative panel Thursday in seeking millions to help pay for it.

The effect of the120-acre Cedar Lake restorationon the north side of downtown, theSinclair Smokestack Bridgeto the south, and trails connecting the two would be similar to the restoration of Gray’s Lake Park in Des Moines and the High Trestle Bridge and Trail in Madrid, the officials said.

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