New Mural in Greene Square Pays Homage to the American Discovery Trail

Sep 11, 2019


Did you know that Cedar Rapids is part of a 6,800+ mile trail that spans across the country? It’s called the American Discovery Trail. Inclusion in this trail is special. It presents exciting opportunities to draw wider attention to Cedar Rapids and create a distinctive experience for residents and visitors. A new mural in Greene Square alongside where the trail cuts through Downtown Cedar Rapids will pay homage to Cedar Rapids’ section of the American Discovery Trail.

You may have walked or biked along the American Discovery Trail without even realizing it at the time. It connects existing trails across the country, and the Cedar Rapids section aligns with the Cedar River Nature Trail – a favorite of local cyclists.

The mural was painted by artist Ali Hval on the side of the Third Avenue ramp, facing Greene Square. Ali is an avid muralist and has completed over seven murals in communities across Iowa. The Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District and Murals & More partnered to bring this project to fruition.

Placed precisely between the two major projects of ConnectCR – Cedar Lake and the soon-to-be constructed pedestrian bridge in the Czech Village/New Bohemia District, the Smokestack Bridge - the mural creates continuity along the trail. The piece is nestled between the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and the Cedar Rapids Public Library, adding to the cultural hub in the heart of the city. Murals create a unique sense of place. Every downtown has a parking ramp, but only Downtown Cedar Rapids will have this mural.

The completion of this project fulfills multiple tactics outlined in the Vision Downtown Cedar Rapids Plan, a framework to create an even greater, more vibrant experience in Downtown Cedar Rapids. You can read the full plan at

]The mural was officially unveiled at the final Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust on Saturday, September 21.

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