Community Development

IA Cedar Rapids 10.12.2022 signed action plan certificate
Age-Friendly Cedar Rapids

Visit Mobile CR to learn how you can use the City's new mobile application to see the City and Community Events Calendar.  

Join Cedar Rapids' Healthiest State Walk Oct. 4, 2023

Passport to Healthy Living

The Passport to Healthy Living Program is a series of free wellness events have been planned  in cooperation with AARP IA to provide a chance to meet new people, have some fun, and live a more healthy and active life. Pick up your “passport” at the NW Rec Center (or at your first Passport Event). 

 schedule of Passport to Healthy Living events

Monday Group Walks
All are welcome to join a NEW Monday downtown walking group starting June 26, 2023.  Walkers can meet outside UFG Wellness Center, 201 2nd Street SE  at 12:15 for a 1.25 mile walk.  View the walk flier.

Walk Group flyer screenshot

Study GraphicThe Dual Use Facility Feasibility study survey is now closed. Over 2,700 responses were received. The survey results will be analyzed and posted on the Dual Use Facility Feasibility Study page.
The City is gathering information for a feasibility study for a potential dual-use intergenerational center and sports complex in Cedar Rapids. The project is one of the action steps identified as part of the Age-Friendly Action Plan adopted in 2022 and is anticipated to be complete by September. The survey was available online and at City facilities through June 6,2023.

Age-Friendly Housing
Age-Friendly Cedar Rapids strives to continue providing a variety of housing choices to accommodate a range of life stages, incomes, and preferences. ADUs are one way to support affordable housing choices for all ages. Find out more on the What are ADUs? page. 

  ADU gingerbread         
Home Sweet Gingerbread (and ADU) Home
Starting December 1, 2022 gingerbread kits were available for pickup at both library locations and the Northwest Rec Center. Fifty six participants submitted pictures of their gingerbread house and ADU for a chance to win a variety of gift cards to local businesses!  A panel of judges, Library staff, and the public  selected winners. Visit the Gingerbread House Contest library page to see the winners. 

Age-Friendly Action Plan 
The draft Age-Friendly Action Plan was open for feedback the month of August 2022. On Sept. 13, 2022 City Council unanimously approved adopting the Cedar Rapids' Age-Friendly Action Plan. The plan contains 20 goals and 47 action steps in eight livability domains that strongly impact community well-being.

Age-Friendly Action Plan


Thanks for sharing your thoughts. The Age-Friendly Action Plan survey and Ideas Wall were open from Dec. 6, 2021- Feb. 12, 2022. Click the button below to see a summary of community feedback. In August 2022 a draft Age-Friendly Action Plan will be available for review.

    We love the age-friendly ideas sent to us from Cedar River Academy
              at Taylor Elementary School 

Taylor Elementary Art2


In December 2019, the City of Cedar Rapids joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, joining approximately 400 other communities across the country who are committed to making their communities livable for residents of all ages, from the cradle through retirement. By joining the World Health Organization (WHO) and American Association of Retired Persons' (AARP) Age-Friendly Communities Network, Cedar Rapids has taken the next step toward enhancing the quality of life in our community for people of all ages and abilities. This process began with the age-friendly survey conducted by AARP in early 2019. The survey overview was presented at a community livability discussion and can be seen here: Livability Presentation April 2019. Key topics that emerged from the discussion were: 

  • Multi-generational Center
  • Transportation needs
  • Technology help for seniors
  • Community WiFi
  • Social isolation
Watch videos on these age-friendly programs and services in Cedar Rapids. 

AARP defines livability using the 8 Domains of Livability:

 Age-Friendly Action Plan Steering Committee - formed November 2021
Barb Werning Heritage Agency on Aging   Robin Mixdorf Meth-Wick
Mike Barnhart Horizons   Kayla Paulson United Way of East Central Iowa
Ro Foege AARP Volunteer   Cecilia Rokusek National Czech & Slovak Museum
Darryl High High Development   Zach Schledetsky Wellbeing Advisory Committee co-chair
Lindsay Glynn  Aging Services/Unity Point Health     Phil Wasta MedQuarter/Economic Alliance
Kathy Good Mercy Care    Amy Hockett  Linn County Public Health
Kay Fisk Life Enrichment Center      

Learn more:

Changing Demographics and Livable Communities Podcast

What is your neighborhood's  LIVABILITY INDEX SCORE

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