Kayaker with Prairie Rapids Paddlers tests the waves in Charles City. (c) J.S. Reinitz

Kayaker with Prairie Rapids Paddlers tests the waves in Charles City. (c) J.S. Reinitz

Some of the first people I met when I moved back to the Midwest were two hardcore kayakers. That was almost 10 years ago, and the two were pitching a whitewater park in the Cedar River in Northeast Iowa.

Their dream is finally coming true in Charles City, where the city included the rapids project as part of a $2 million river renovation project. This winter, construction crews were in the stream placing rocks to channel the water flow. Organizers said the whitewater park could be open this summer.