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The CeMar Trail between Cedar Rapids and Marion, in eastern Iowa, continues to take shape. As of 2020, there are over two miles on the ground with 5 more in various stages of development. The trail was pitched in 1992 and it took a decade to see the first mile completed. Changes in transportation funding priorities for the state helped the trail rise to the top of the pile, adding momentum to the efforts of trail groups and municipalities to see the trail complete.
The trail will someday stretch seven miles between the two cities, from Cedar Lake to the Boyson Trail in Marion. Cedar Rapids has completed two miles of its share of the trail, which is three miles. The trail starts at Daniel Park on H. Avenue and heads east along 16th St. to F. Avenue. It parallels that street up to 17th Street. Beyond that, it enters the Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex, which includes facilities for softball, baseball and track & field events. The athletic complex is part of the nearby Mt. Mercy University campus. Cross from one end of the complex to the other brings one to Prairie Street, where a spur of the trail branches off along K Avenue. The trail continues within a former railroad right-of-way to 29th St. but there are plans to extend it to the city limits at Mount Calvary cemetery. This segment of the trail will also be extended west from Daniels Park to link up with the Cedar Valley Nature Trail at Cedar Lake.
Parking for the trail can be found at the north corner of the athletic complex, at the corner of Prairie Drive and K. Avenue NE. Alternative Parking can be found at Daniels Park (Oakland Rd. north of H. Avenue). There are also restrooms there.
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