The River Plaza Athletic Club offers a gym, a running track, a swimming pool, two handball courts, a fitness suite, men’s and women’s locker rooms, steamrooms, a sauna and whirlpool. The club’s facilities are located throughout the building’s four floors but were skillfully designed to be separate from every office.
This building site may be one of the more historic locations in the city of Waterloo. A plaque in the entrance of River Plaza states, this is the spot where the first settlers of Waterloo crossed the Red Cedar River. The two dams on the Cedar were built on this site.
The Waterloo YMCA was organized only three months after Waterloo was incorporated on September 28, 1868. The first YMCA was built on the site in 1898 for $12,950. Demolition of that building started in November 1930. A new YMCA, the present building, was built on the same site at a cost of $365,000.00. There has been more than $4,000,000.00 spent in restoring the building to its former grandeur.
The River Plaza building has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its unique design, art deco architecture and historic significance to Waterloo. The building is completely handicapped accessible and has all life safety features in place. There is plenty of parking with two lots for clients, a 645-space parking ramp and an abundance of parking spaces on street level.