Walk more. Connect More.
September 24, 2018
Join us on Wednesday, October 3 as we participate in the Healthiest State Annual Walk. This year’s walk theme “Walk more. Connect more.” encourages Cedar Rapids’ to walk with friends, family members and co-workers.
Bever Park Bridge
September 22, 2017
City staff recently discussed removing the stone bridge located in Bever Park with the HPC. Since that discussion, City Council members and many citizens have expressed concerns about the possibility of removing the bridge.
Healthiest State Annual Walk
September 14, 2017
Walking is the easiest, most affordable and accessible way to get physical activity in every day. This year, the Healthiest State Annual Walk is asking Iowans to “Walk More. Connect More.”
Public Safety a Top Priority
June 13, 2017
Lowering the crime rate and improving the perception of safety in Cedar Rapids is a top priority. As City Manager, I am continuously attentive to public safety.
Resident Appreciation Day at the Farmer's Market
May 31, 2017
Each year the City of Cedar Rapids hosts our annual Resident Appreciation Day at the first downtown Farmer’s Market of the season.
Gearing Up for Amphitheatre Season
March 22, 2017
Summer is just around the corner, which means the start of outdoor activities in Cedar Rapids.
Welcome to the City of Cedar Rapids blog
February 28, 2017
Welcome to the City of Cedar Rapids blog! We are looking forward to using this blog to help employees from throughout the organization share information with Cedar Rapids residents and anyone interested in learning more about our city government.
Fun continues in the fall
August 29, 2018
Labor Day is just a few days away and summer is coming to an end. As we turn towards fall, we want to remind you that time for family and fun continues.
Explosions of color
July 31, 2018
Cedar Rapids has been recognized across the country for its local work in returning public land to native prairie and increasing pollinator habitat. One of the most captivating benefits is the beauty of pollinator zones in bloom.
Staff receives state awards
April 09, 2018
The Iowa Parks and Recreation Association recognized two Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department employees Wednesday, March 28 at their annual conference.
Parks staff assists with "Parchitecture" project
March 27, 2018
The Parks and Recreation Department’s Recreation Maintenance team was asked to work with 55 students at Roosevelt School who were interested in planning and designing accessible playgrounds.
Keep our parks and waterways clean
March 22, 2018
Now that it is officially spring, we hope that you will be able to use our park system more often. Unfortunately, now that spring rain has washed away the snow, we are left with lots of litter and debris in plain sight.
February 22, 2018
Parks & Recreation Department Forestry crews recently removed invasive and undesirable understory trees along the Sac and Fox Trail that were crowding out a native black walnut and a grove of Kentucky coffee trees nearby.
It is a wonderland out there
January 08, 2018
While you’re inside, staying warm and curled up by the fire, there is a lot of outdoor winter recreation that you are missing. Take advantage of the winter season and the opportunities it provides in the Midwest.
Keep your New Year's resolution
January 04, 2018
Stay committed to keeping your New Year’s resolution this year! You don’t have to be intimidated at a gym, we have many creative ways to keep you active and healthy.
Tree maintenance in Bever Park
December 12, 2017
While we plant trees as often and in as many places as we can, unfortunately, sometimes we must also remove trees because they are no longer safe for the public.
Is it cold enough yet?
December 07, 2017
Each year people wait anxiously for an outdoor recreation opportunity that only occurs in Cedar Rapids in the winter. Read how we need Old Man Winter to cooperate to get outdoor ice rinks up and running.
O Christmas Tree
November 15, 2017
On Monday, November 20, we will cut down the City's official Christmas tree and get it ready in Greene Square for the tree lighting ceremony. Join us on Saturday, November 25 at 5:30 p.m. to watch as the tree is lit.
A playground to be proud of
November 08, 2017
A few weeks ago we were happy to open the Variety Star Playground in Noelridge Park. We encourage you to visit the playground to see all the unique features and hope that you show your appreciation to the many donors.
Buggy (and more) for Sale
November 03, 2017
Antique and auction lovers will get a real treat this Sunday when we hold a public auction of items no longer used at Ushers Ferry.
The outstanding contribution of Americorps to Ushers Ferry
March 28, 2017
On April 4 we will participate in Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service and officially thank Americorps teams who have been instrumental in the recovery and redevelopment of Ushers Ferry in the nine years.
A new welcome to parks
March 07, 2017
This past year, the parks maintenance crew tackled the project of creating new signage for park entrances. They were created for $30,000 less than if the Department had purchased them.
Consumer Alert: Cedar Rapids Address Requirements
August 28, 2018
Curbside painting of home addresses is not required by the City and is not endorsed by either the Police Department or Fire Department.
Police Department Advising of Moving Company Scam
August 13, 2018
Don't fall for the moving company scam that is occuring throughout the country. In mid-August, the Police Department took three reports of this scam affecting our residents.
Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week
April 10, 2017
This week is Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week. Like police officers and firefighters, animal control officers are dedicated professionals who often put themselves at risk, work irregular shifts, and care deeply about their mission.
Fire Department Recognizes Life-Saving, Heroic Actions
October 25, 2018
The Cedar Rapids Fire Department held its Annual Recognition Ceremony last week and honored firefighters and civilians for distinguished and life-saving actions.
SRO Relationship Inspires Law Enforcement Career Choice at McKinley
March 27, 2017
School Resource Officers in area high schools and middle schools truly can make a difference in young people's lives.
'Future City' Students Learn Flood Fighting
October 25, 2018
Students participating in a Future City class got the chance to learn more about how the City protects from future flood disasters during a tour with City engineers.
Roundabouts Improve Safety
January 12, 2018
Fewer construction projects generate more interest than that of roundabouts. While they are a newer traffic control measure for Cedar Rapids, roundabouts have a well-documented history of safety benefits.
Meet the Construction Division
June 17, 2017
Juggling the logistics of multiple construction projects every summer takes the combined efforts of a committed group of individuals with eyes on the ground.
City of Cedar Rapids Begins Construction of Regional Detention Basin
June 07, 2017
The newest project aimed at reducing flood risk got underway this week. The City began constructing this regional detention basin located west of 18th Street SW, directly east of Hughes Drive SW.
Construction Zone Safety Concerns and Reminders
August 02, 2017
With a number of construction improvements underway throughout the community, the City of Cedar Rapids would like to remind the public of important safety tips and regulations on construction zone safety.
Crews are Ready for Winter - Are You?
October 27, 2017
Long before snow flies, we are ready. As colder temperatures descend upon Eastern Iowa, our thoughts turn from pouring concrete to spreading salt.
Youth Initiative Leads to New Crosswalk
September 07, 2017
Students at Washington High School have partnered with the City’s Traffic Engineering Division to help make safety improvements to the intersection of Cottage Grove Avenue and Forest Drive SE.
City Partners with Iowa BIG for Social Media Takeover Day
October 25, 2018
The City of Cedar Rapids has partnered with students in the Cedar Rapids Iowa BIG program to host a Social Media Takeover Day. Social Media Takeover Day is part the City’s #CRYOUth initiative.
Humans of Cedar Rapids- Mackinze
October 25, 2018
Mackinze's story starts as a born and raised Cedar Rapidian, young, innocent and curious, growing up in the most secure, loving family.
Homelessness: Not just a loss of housing
October 25, 2018
Students can volunteer their time to serve meals or encourage others to donate time or money to help this cause and raise awareness that this is real in our community and district.
Humans of CR - CRPD Lieutenant Tobey Harrison
October 25, 2018
Tobey has enacted a new type of policing called community policing. This type of policing is based aroundforming personal bonds to the communities that he serves.
City Receives Phoenix Award for NewBo District Development
November 30, 2017
The City of Cedar Rapids has been awarded a regional Phoenix Award for redevelopment of the New Bohemia District.
Why Zoning Matters
November 21, 2017
It is perhaps a very well-kept secret that so much of our community is shaped by zoning codes.
City Achieves 4-STAR Community Certification
August 20, 2018
STAR Communities is the nation’s leading framework for measuring a community’s environmental, economic, and social health.
Newly Released Map Makes Cedar Rapids Sustainability Visible
August 01, 2018
You may not know the Downtown Library has a green roof, or that you are neighbors with one of the City's solar arrays… this new map can give you a clearer picture.
Cedar Rapids Utilities Department Recognized with Clean Water Advocate Award
July 27, 2018
The City of Cedar Rapids Utilities Department received the 2018 Clean Water Advocate award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).