It's finally open! According to an article from CBS 2, another element of the 1st and 1st Development in Cedar Rapids held its grand opening last week. Welcome to 'The Yard!'

On July 3rd, the Yard and ImOn Stage at Kingston Yard officially opened to the public. The park is located right behind Big Grove Brewery and Pickle Palace and offers "extensive landscaping, a natural grass lawn, kids’ play area, state-of-the-art sound system, free Wi-Fi provided by ImOn, string lighting, paver walkways, and the main attraction; ImOn Stage." The event listing for the grand opening event says that the stage will not only be used for live music, but that it also has a 15’ wide and 8.5’ tall TV for showing movies and sporting events. Another cool thing about the stage is that it is made up of "reclaimed steel trusses" that were salvaged from a Cedar Rapids bridge that was built all the way back in 1910!

The first bands to perform on the stage at Kingston Yard were Millcreek Band and Airwaves on the 4th of July, but we can expect to see more local and regional acts throughout the summer. It's important to note that outside food and drinks are not allowed in the space, but items can be purchased at the surrounding businesses. Check out a video tour of Kingston Yard from ImOn Communications HERE!

There is still much more to come at the 1st and 1st Development in Cedar Rapids, including a pizza place, a martini bar, public bathrooms, a public parking ramp, a hotel, and more! You can read more about the future projects from the Cedar Rapids Gazette HERE.

10 of the Best Airbnbs to Rent in Cedar Rapids

Looking for a great place to stay in Cedar Rapids? We've got you covered! We put together a list of some of the highest-rated Airbnbs in the area. All of the Airbnbs are hosted by "superhosts," which are the top-rated and most experienced hosts on the site. They also all have ratings of 4.95+ stars and have at least 30 reviews from guests that have stayed in the home. Under that criteria, here are 10 of the absolute best Airbnbs to stay at in the city of Cedar Rapids:

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The Best Places to Get Ice Cream in the Corridor

We all know that there are plenty of Dairy Queens across the Corridor, as well as Culver'sColdstone, Baskin RobbinsOrange Leaf, and Aspen Leaf locations. But, there are lots of other options, too! Here are some of the other places you can grab a frozen treat in Linn County and Johnson County:

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