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Iowa River Landing Wetland Park
- Drinking fountain
- Interpretive signage
- Viewing tower
- Wetland walkways
About the Park
The Iowa River Landing Wetland Park, located between the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center and the Iowa River, is a two-acre pond surrounded by five acres of wetlands. This public park features three distinct types of wetlands, established in 2006: emergent, forested, and wet meadow.
A series of elevated walkways ring the pond and traverse the wetlands on the east side of the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, and a viewing tower serves as an observation point. A limestone outcropping with a cascading waterfall is located at the north end of the pond. The park is an ideal location for nature walks, bird watching, and wildlife photography.
Entrances to the wetland boardwalk system are located near the north parking ramp in the Iowa River Landing, in addition to two entrances on Edgewater Drive. A park restroom facility is located on the east side of the wetland complex. View park map
What are Wetlands?
Wetlands are valuable components of watersheds, providing benefits such as pollutant removal, flood storage, erosion control, wildlife habitat, and groundwater recharge.
Wetlands park worksheets can be used with the park's interpretive signage to provide visitors with an educational wetlands experience. Answer sheets are available at the Coralville Recreation Center or upon request.
Frogs, turtles, dragonflies, butterflies, and birds including blue heron make their home in the wetlands park. In 2007, the pond was stocked with bass, bluegill, and catfish.
Pond lilies bloom in the north emergent cell and pickerel weed is abundant in the shallow standing water areas. Late July through September, visitors can expect see a display of thousands of pink Rose Mallow blossoms. Varieties of native trees are planted along the east edge of the park and continue to grow into a forested wetland.
|History of the Area
The Iowa River Landing Wetland Park is located in a former industrial park on the east edge of Coralville. The area bordered by the Iowa River, Interstate 80, and First Avenue was a Brownfield area, which is property with actual or potential hazardous environmental contamination.
With grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Iowa River Landing has undergone significant redevelopment to become a riverfront recreation and entertainment district. This transformation through the Coralville Brownfields Program has received national recognition for solving critical environmental challenges.