Cedar Rapids Neighborhood Set for National Historic Distinction
A meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, July 14) that will determine a historic Cedar Rapids neighborhood's listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The Bever Park neighborhood (apparently also known as "Bever Woods", which is brand new information to me, a 30+-year resident of Cedar Rapids) was surveyed in 2019 and deemed eligible for the registry, and tonight, citizens will learn the process of selection and the next steps.
According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, it will be held at the Bever Park Pavillion, located off Bever Ave, near the pool entrance. The public is invited to attend. You're also encouraged to bring any historic information or artifacts related to the Bever Park neighborhood that may contribute to its selection to the National Register of Historic Places. A distinction on the National Register is prestigious for adding historic value to their areas and often come with incentives and benefits from the National Park Service.
Upon completion of the nomination forms, they will be submitted to the State historic office, which will conduct a review in 2022, and hopefully, add Bever Woods to the ranks of historic landmarks. The Bever Woods area is bounded by Bever Park on the east, Bever Avenue SE on the south, 21st Street SE on the west, and Grande Avenue SE on the north. An exact map of the location being considered is shaded in gray in the map below.