Noelridge Park Pond

Noelridge_Pond_2_3x2 Noelridge_Pond_5_3x2 Noelridge_Pond_6_3x2 Noelridge_Sketch_2x3The Noelridge Park Pond project was the reconstruction of a public pond that exists in a highly visible location. The pond is next to the most popular pavilion in the City of Cedar Rapids and across the street from a residential area.

The City was concerned with pond water quality as well as the quality of McCloud Run, the state’s only urban trout stream. Heated runoff from the surrounding drainage basin was entering and exiting the pond too quickly, which contributed to a trout kill in McCloud Run in 2002.

In 2003, the City applied for and received a Clean Water Act grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to remedy this problem.

Ament Design developed a three-phase approach in the design of the Noelridge Park Pond project:

  • Conducted a feasibility study & developed options
  • Designed the pond and the inlet and outlet structures
  • Final design & construction

Ament Design defined several solutions to address the runoff problem with bypass pipes or channels, each with various design advantages and disadvantages.  The result of the study was that these solutions were all viable, but the cost estimate of the final solution was one that the City could afford.

The Noelridge Park Pond project involved conceptual drawings of the pond by Dunbar Jones of Des Moines, Iowa. Completed in conjunction with the feasibility study, the drawings included aesthetic considerations as well as specifications for an optional planting plan that would deter geese.

The City of Cedar Rapids Engineering Department took a lead role in building the pond for the Parks and Recreation Department. The City’s lead storm water, sewer and environmental experts worked closely with Ament Design to develop a feasible design and quality solution for this unique situation.

The pond reconstruction was completed on schedule over the winter. The pond opened in spring 2004, opening of the Noelridge Park Pavilion, one of the city’s most popular venues for group gatherings.

Location Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Project Pond reconstruction with new outlet control structure


  • Surveying
  • Feasibility Study
  • Civil Design
  • Project management
  • Permitting
  • Environmental
  • Easements

Client City of Cedar Rapids


  • Clean Water Act Grant from IDNR Funds
  • Feasibility Study
  • Coordination with City and Environmental Experts

Cost: $360,000