McGrath Amphitheater is set to open Aug. 30.

The McGrath Amphitheater in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is set to mean a lot to the community. Not only will the amphitheater be a place for local acts and larger tours, but it will also serve as a park when the space has a soft opening Aug. 30. The venue also serves as flood protection, as it is designed to take on water should the Cedar River rise again, as it did in the devastating 2008 flood.

“It’s multipurpose. We started out wi...

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