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June 14, 2024 Street equipment working

Traffic Closure Notices

Information on current traffic closures. Read More

June 11, 2024 Water passes under the Second Avenue Bridge in downtown Cedar Rapids.

2nd Avenue SE at the Cedar River to be closed beginning June 17

In order to build better protection from flooding, 2nd Avenue SE will be closed to thru traffic from 1st Street SW to 1st Street SE beginning June 17.  The temporary closure of the bridge will allow floodgate construction on the east side of the river, a key element of Cedar Rapids’ Flood Control System. Read More

June 10, 2024 The Rollin' Recmobile, a brightly painted van

Rollin' Recmobiles Delivering Outdoor Fun to the Parks June 10-August 9

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department’s Rollin’ Recmobiles will deliver fun, outdoor activities to kids in their neighborhood parks beginning today. The vans, loaded with equipment and games will bring staff to lead activities Monday through Friday, from June 10 to August 9, making 20 stops each week at 17 different parks.

See the schedule: CityofCR.com/CRRecmobile. Read More

June 04, 2024 Bowling Street website

Intersection of Wilson Ave. and Bowling St. to be closed for construction beginning June 6

Aiming to finish intersection improvements by the end of July, the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Bowling Street is set to be closed beginning Thursday, June 6. The work is part of the Bowling Street SW Trail project, which features new street lighting, storm sewer, and water main replacement, as well as new trail construction and a roundabout. Read More

May 31, 2024 2024 Ride the Districts Media Release Image

Tour Cedar Rapids Trails with Annual “Ride the Districts!” Bike Ride

Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the local trail system in Cedar Rapids by joining the annual “Ride the Districts!” bike ride at 9:30 am on Saturday, June 8.

The 15-mile ride starts and ends at Prairie Park Fishery. Ride highlights include some of our most popular trail stops: Indian Creek Nature Center, Bever Park, VanVechten Park, and two of the Sac & Fox Trailheads. Ron Griffith, City of Cedar Rapids Traffic Engineer, will lead the educational ride.

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May 28, 2024 Residents at Farmer's Market

City Hosts Resident Appreciation Day at Downtown Farmers' Market on June 1

The City of Cedar Rapids hosts Resident Appreciation Day at the Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 1. City tents and vehicles will be set up near and in Greene Square from 7:30 a.m. to Noon. The event provides a fun opportunity for the community to meet City staff and learn more about City programs and services. Read More

May 27, 2024 The Cedar River flows through downtown Cedar Rapids Thursday afternoon, with water levels approaching flood stage.

River levels fall after 13.06 foot crest

The Cedar River crested at 13.06 feet on Sunday.

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May 23, 2024 Row of orange cones

Roads under I-380 overpass at Cedar River to be closed beginning May 28 

In an effort to build better protection from flooding, several road closures will take place underneath the I-380 overpass by the Cedar River beginning May 28. E and F Avenue will be closed from 1st Street NW to 1st Street NE for the construction of two roadway flood gates on the east side of the river. Read More

May 22, 2024 People swimming at Noelridge Aquatic Center

Noelridge Aquatic Center Opens Memorial Day Weekend

The Cedar Rapids municipal pool swimming season will begin Memorial Day weekend with pre-season swimming at Noelridge Aquatic Center on Saturday, May 25; Sunday, May 26; and Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day). Lap swims will be held from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. each day and open swims from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

The Cedar Rapids pool schedules are available on the City’s website: CityofCR.com/Pools. Read More

May 21, 2024 Two large snow removal vehicles work to clear a street in downtown Cedar Rapids at night.

City earns national honor for snow and ice control efforts

The city's Public Works Department has earned the Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award from the American Public Works Association.  Cedar Rapids was one of just two Public Works departments nationwide to receive the honor. Read More

May 17, 2024 An operator uses a large piece of construction equipment to service a Cedar Rapids road.

Crestwood Drive construction project launches Monday

Aiming to improve both the roadway and storm water drainage, Crestwood Drive will be closed in stages from Wiley Boulevard to Edgewood Road beginning Monday, May 20.  Read More

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Tickets Reservations Due Friday:  Cedar Rapids State of the City Address

Cedar Rapids Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell will present the Cedar Rapids State of the City address at Noon on Thursday, May 23, 2024 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Center. Ticket reservations are due on Friday, May 17. Read More

May 06, 2024 BTWW Media Release Image

Bike to Work Week Activities Kick Off This Week

In celebration of National Bike Month, residents are invited to participate in a variety of bike friendly activities throughout the month of May designed to encourage sustainability, cycling, enhance bike safety education, and continue growing a bike-friendly culture.

Bike to Work Week (May 11–17) offers a variety of events focused on bike education and opportunities to gather with community members who share a love for biking.

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May 06, 2024 Photo of artwork in grass clearing

Songbird Art Installed in Three Parks This Week

The City of Cedar Rapids, in cooperation with University of Iowa Arts Share Program, will showcase temporary art at Ellis, Bever, and Manhattan Parks over the next several weeks. The installation of art, by artist Shea Hembrey, is scheduled to take place between May 8 and 10, weather permitting. The artist will scrape a clean circle at each location and paint it with natural pigments. The art will be observable for two to three weeks, depending on rainfall. Once all of the pigment dissolves, the artist will plant trees at each location. Read More

April 29, 2024 Transit Maintenance Garage and Ellis Boulevard road extension

Ellis Boulevard NW Extension & Opening of Transit Maintenance Garage — Ribbon Cutting & Open House

The City of Cedar Rapids invites community members to join a ribbon cutting and open house event celebrating the Ellis Boulevard NW Extension and opening of the Transit Maintenance Garage on Monday, April 29, 2024 from 1–2:30 p.m.

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April 26, 2024 A little boy sitting on the ground petting a white calf with brown spots

Old MacDonald’s Farm Opens May 6 with Chalk the Farm Event

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will open Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park for the season on Monday, May 6 with an event called Chalk the Farm. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors are invited to help celebrate the farm’s opening by decorating the sidewalks with chalk drawings. The farm, a petting zoo, will open daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through September 29. Admission is free, but a $1 minimum donation is appreciated. Read More

April 17, 2024 1-Bag Challenge Media Release _ 04 17 2024

City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge Community Event scheduled for Friday, April 19 at Noon

Each year, the City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste & Recycling division undertakes concentrated efforts to remove litter from City streets, parks, and Interstate 380. This effort is in addition to a variety of annual “spring cleaning” work by multiple City departments to enhance the City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge program, reducing pollution and improving beauty across our community. Read More

April 12, 2024 Media Release Image

City of Cedar Rapids to participate in EcoFest 2024

With Earth Month upon us, the City of Cedar Rapids will be participating in the upcoming EcoFest. The annual celebration is held at NewBo City Market and features a variety of vendors and activities. Read More

April 12, 2024 A decorative lion is shown atop the 16th Avenue Bridge of Lions railing.

16th Avenue SE Improvements to Begin April 22

The City of Cedar Rapids will begin reconstruction work along 16th Avenue SE on Wednesday, April 22, 2024. Improvements will transform the public right-of-way and improve the road surface. Access to businesses will be maintained throughout construction. Read More

April 09, 2024 Envision CR logo above an illustrated Cedar Rapids skyline

City to Celebrate Ten Years of EnvisionCR with Kick-Off Event at NewBo City Market

Join us at NewBo City Market on April 11, 2024, from 4–6:30 p.m., for our "City Kick-Off" event celebrating a decade of collaborative planning and community involvement through the EnvisionCR comprehensive plan. Enjoy interactive and educational displays and family-friendly activities — and be a part of shaping Cedar Rapids’ future! Read More

April 09, 2024 Rendering of future development near Czech Village

LightLine Loop Public Information Meeting to be Held Wednesday

Preview nearly completed designs for the LightLine Loop project at an information meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, from 5–6:30 p.m. Learn about construction timing and related impacts at the meeting, to be held at City Services Center, Time Check Hall, 500 15th Ave SW. Read More

April 05, 2024 Cedar River Flood Control System logo - Strengthening Our Community

Landmark Achievement: Cedar Rapids Secures $56.4 Million Federal Grant for Arc of Justice Bridge, Enhancing Flood Resilience

The City earned $56.4 Million in Federal funding for the 8th Avenue Arc of Justice Bridge Replacement Project as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s PROTECT grant. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2027 and take three years to complete.

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March 28, 2024 GreenCR Champion Media Release Image-01

GreenCR Champion Nominations Open

With Earth Month on the horizon, nominations are now open for GreenCR Champions . These are individuals or groups in our Cedar Rapids and nearby communities that care about environmental health and supporting people in our community. GreenCR Champions work hard to bring that passion to wherever they are--school, work, at home or outdoors.

If you know a person or group who goes above and beyond to promote environmental stewardship – a teacher, student, employee, or association – nominate them for the GreenCR Champion Award at EcoFestCR.org/Award. Read More

March 28, 2024 Spring 2024 Leaf Collection_Media Release

City of Cedar Rapids Spring Leaf Vacuum Collection to Run April 1-May 3

The City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste and Recycling Division will begin operating leaf vacuum trucks on Monday, April 1. Residents can expect leaf collection by quadrant unless the trucks are slowed by weather or volume, in which case the division will strive to reach any missed properties the following day. The program will run through Friday, May 3*. Read More

March 28, 2024 ATV UTV

New ATV/UTV Ordinance Adopted

Most ATV/UTV use prohibited in City limits. Read More

March 27, 2024 2024 ROAD-E-O News Release

City Solid Waste & Recycling Operators to Compete in Second Annual ROAD-E-O

Cedar Rapids Solid Waste and Recycling is hosting the second annual ROAD-E-O, an event organized by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The event gives area large equipment operators the opportunity to compete in several events, using a variety of machines.

Event details:
2024 ROAD-E-O
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hawkeye Downs
4400 6th Street SW, Cedar Rapids Read More

March 22, 2024 Plow

March 22 Snow Operations

Snow Operation Update - March 22, 2024 Read More

March 22, 2024 2024 YARDY Delay Graphic March 22

Winter Weather Impact to YARDY Collections

Cedar Rapids solid waste collection experienced some difficulty this morning as winter weather made collections difficult. Some YARDY’s were collected, but as the storm brought heavier snow, garbage and recycling needed to become the primary focus of our Solid Waste team. As a result, YARDY’s not collected on Friday, March 22 have been postponed until Monday, Mar. 25, 2024. All other garbage, recycling, and YARDY collection routes remain unchanged. Read More

March 22, 2024 Plow 2

City Response to March 22, 2024, Snow Event

Snow Event Declared Over at 4:00p.m. Read More

March 21, 2024 Tree of Five Seasons sculpture

Data Center Project Update

Today marked a noteworthy update for an economic development project in Cedar Rapids, with Google announced as the leading company behind a potential $576 million data center project. Read More

March 13, 2024 City-Hall-Sign

March 07, 2024 Paving-for-Progress-sign

Mount Vernon Road SE Improvements to Resume March 11

This year’s work on Mount Vernon Road will occur in two areas: one along 8th Avenue SE, from 8th to 14th Street, and another along Mount Vernon Road SE, from 17th to 20th Street. The completion of these projects will mark a significant milestone in enhancing a bustling gateway entry into the MedQ and Downtown areas. Read More

March 06, 2024 Tree-Vets

Apply to Serve on a City Board or Commission

Applications are being accepted from Cedar Rapids residents for current and upcoming vacancies on many City of Cedar Rapids boards, commissions and advisory committees. Read More

March 05, 2024 Clipboard illustration

Community Survey Enters Online Phase

Cedar Rapids residents will again be invited to respond to a comprehensive quality of life survey conducted by the City this year. Read More

March 05, 2024 Photo of two people carrying a basket of vegetables

Community Gardens Available March 12

Garden plots at Cedar Rapids parks will be open to new renters to lease on Tuesday, March 12. This year, gardens were added at Lincolnway Park, J Street SW. Twenty standard plots that are 10-foot-wide by 20-foot-long and four ADA raised garden tanks that are 3-foot-wide by 10-foot-long are available to rent for the first time.

An additional 418 garden plots are available at Ellis Park (Robins Lake), Tuma Park, Sinclair Park, and near Gardner Golf Course. Sinclair Park includes four accessible raised garden beds. Plots at Sinclair and Lincolnway rent for $21 per plot. Plots at Tuma, Gardner, and Ellis Park are 20-foot-wide by 50-foot-long and rent for $42 per plot.  Gardens may be leased at the Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW. Rental opens at 8:00 a.m. on March 12 and continues weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Read More

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City of Cedar Rapids Debuts Garbage Truck Art

The City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste and Recycling division’s first art-wrapped garbage trucks are now rolling out into neighborhoods across the city. Residents can expect to see three recycling and two garbage trucks showing off work from artists native to Iowa in the coming weeks.

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March 01, 2024 Summer-2024-PlayCR-Cover

Register Now for Summer Parks and Recreation Programs

Registration is underway for Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation summer programs and camps. The Department’s summer program guide, Play CR, is now available online at www.crrec.org and will be mailed to residents beginning March 4 inside the City’s Our CR magazine.  Read More

February 29, 2024 Photo of the exterior of the Twin Pines Clubhouse

Twin Pines Golf Course and Mini Pines Miniature Golf Course to Open 

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department plans to begin the golf season with the opening of Twin Pines Golf Course, 3800 42nd Street NE, on Friday, March 1. The clubhouse will open at 7:30 a.m., tee times will begin at 8:00 a.m., and the course will close at dusk through March. The driving range will also be open. Mini Pines, the City’s miniature golf course, will also open for the season on March 1. It will operate daily from 10:00 a.m. to dusk. Read More

February 29, 2024 Row of orange cones

Edgewood Road Bridge and Trail Improvements

Edgewood Road Trail Phase 2B is scheduled to begin March 4, 2024. This multi-phase project is located on the Edgewood Road bridge between Ellis Road NW and Glass Road NE. Construction will include bridge modifications to accommodate an eight-foot-wide trail with approximately 400 feet of additional trail extending north of the bridge; miscellaneous bridge repairs, additional; and water main replacement and relining, bringing the water main back online after being out of service since 2017. Read More

February 15, 2024 Row of historic residential homes

Derecho Recovery - ROOTs, Replanting & Environmental Healing Underway

Work continues across the City following the devastating 2020 Derecho. Residents can find a dashboard with a map of activity underway. Read More

February 15, 2024 Cedar Rapids ROOTs logo - Rebuilding Ownership Opportunities Together

ROOTs Program Application Opening Date Announced

ROOTs, which stands for Rebuilding Ownership Opportunities Together, aims to assist with long-term recovery from the 2020 Derecho by providing resilient and affordable single-family housing to low-to-moderate-income households. Applications will be accepted starting Thursday, February 15, 2024.

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February 14, 2024 Greenway-Open-House-Evite

City Seeks Feedback on Greenway Parks Concepts

The City of Cedar Rapids will begin the second round of community engagement for the Greenway Parks Plan with an open house on Thursday, February 22, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at NewBo City Market, 1100 3rd Street SE. Concept plans for the Time Check, Riverfront and Czech Village Greenway Parks will be available to view and provide feedback on. Attendees will have the opportunity to identify which park amenities or features they’d like to see most. There will be no formal presentation at the open house, so anyone interested is invited to come and stay for as long or as little as they’d like. Staff will be available to discuss the project details and answer questions. Read More

February 12, 2024 Dostal for CR Website

David Dostal Appointed as Police Chief

On Tuesday, February 13, the Cedar Rapids City Council confirmed the appointment of David L. Dostal as the next City of Cedar Rapids Police Chief.

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February 12, 2024 Dostal for CR Website

David Dostal Appointed as Police Chief

On Tuesday, February 13, the Cedar Rapids City Council confirmed the appointment of David L. Dostal as the next City of Cedar Rapids Police Chief.

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February 01, 2024 Commercial construction site

Code Enforcement Division Earns Accreditation from American Association of Code Enforcement

The City of Cedar Rapids Building Services Department – Code Enforcement Division achieved agency accreditation from the American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE), making it the ninth top-tier agency in the nation to do so. Read More

January 31, 2024 PoliceDepartmentLogowithUSflag

City of Cedar Rapids to Host Police Chief Candidate Meet and Greet Event

The City of Cedar Rapids is planning a Police Chief Candidate Meet and Greet for Wednesday, February 7, from 5–7 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids DoubleTree by Hilton Convention Complex, 350 1st Ave NE. Read More

January 23, 2024 Drifting-web

Cedar Rapids Snow Response Updates for Tuesday, January 23, 2024

City of Cedar Rapids crews are continuing to clean city streets and roadways. There is currently no declared Snow Emergency. The Snow Event End Time, related to clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, will be at 5 PM today, Tuesday, Jan. 23. Garbage and recycling collection is running on the regular schedule. Read More

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Snow Emergency Declared

A Snow Emergency has been declared effective tonight, Thursday, at 6 until Friday, January 19, at 6 P.M. Cars should not be parked on Emergency Snow Routes. Vehicles parked on designated Snow Routes after a Snow Emergency has been declared may be ticketed and/or towed. These routes are typically main arterials, bus routes, school zones, and areas near hospitals. They are designated with street signage and are prioritized for plows to clear due to their high traffic volumes. A list of Emergency Snow Routes can be found on the City’s website: CityofCR.com/Snow Read More

January 17, 2024 Pool manager and cashier in the doorway at Cherry Hill Pool.

Monthly Job Fairs Showcase Cedar Rapids Parks & Rec Seasonal Opportunities

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department is now hiring hundreds of seasonal workers for spring and summer positions in Aquatics, Golf, Parks, and Recreation operations. Opportunities include lifeguards, maintenance workers, coaches, day camp leaders, and more. A listing of available jobs and applications are online at CityofCR.com/Jobs.

The Department will hold four job fairs in the upcoming months to allow potential employees to see available jobs, ask questions, and get help applying. Job fairs will be held:

  • Friday, January 26 | 3-7 PM | Ellis Event Center, 1401 Zika Avenue NW
  • Saturday, February 24 | 10 AM-2 PM | Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW
  • Monday, March 11 | 9 AM-6 PM | City Services Center, 500 15th Avenue SW
  • Thursday, March 14 | 9 AM-6 PM | City Services Center 500 15th Avenue SW

 

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January 17, 2024 A historic marker contains the City's 175th Anniversary Time Capsule

Cedar Rapids at 175

While Cedar Rapids' official date of incorporation is recognized as January 15, 1849, we are celebrating all year long with a series of special events — and inviting community organizations to join in the fun! Read More

January 12, 2024 2024 Garbage Delay Graphics January 12-17 - Webpage-04

UPDATE: Winter Weather Impacting Solid Waste Collections

Cedar Rapids solid waste collections have been postponed for Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, due to anticipated snowfall and blizzard conditions in the forecast.

Friday, Jan. 12 – Garbage and recycling collection postponed until Monday, Jan. 15; glass and yard waste collection postponed until Friday, Jan. 19.

Monday, Jan. 15 – Garbage and recycling collection postponed until Tuesday, Jan. 16; glass and yard waste collection postponed until Monday, Jan. 22.

Tuesday, Jan. 16 – Garbage and recycling collection collected as regularly scheduled, on Tuesday, Jan. 16; glass and yard waste collection postponed until Tuesday, Jan. 23.

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January 11, 2024 Police department building signage

Cedar Rapids Police Release 2023 Crime Statistics

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has released its 2023 Crime Statistics report. Read More

January 08, 2024 City-Hall-Mural

Cedar Rapids Council Member Swearing-In Ceremony January 9

The City of Cedar Rapids will host a swearing-in ceremony for the newly-elected members of the Cedar Rapids City Council on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. A reception will follow the ceremony.

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January 02, 2024 Friends at the Lodge

Meet Your Friends at Jones Park Lodge

The City of Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department invites adults ages 55 and older to gather with their friends, meet new ones, and have coffee at the Jones Park Lodge, 2901 Fruitland Boulevard SW, on Fridays, from 1-3 p.m., January 19-April 12. A variety of activities – crossword puzzles, card games, board games, jigsaw puzzles – will be available on a drop-in basis for $5 per visit. Read More

December 23, 2023 Photo of Christmas tree without decorations on the ground

Live Tree Disposal Site Open

The Parks and Recreation Department is accepting live Christmas trees for disposal at the Prairie Park Fishery, 2125 Otis Rd SE.

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December 21, 2023 Murals, sculptures, and stained glass window are examples of public art in Cedar Rapids.

City Seeks Artist Proposals for Garbage and Recycling Collection Trucks

The City of Cedar Rapids is seeking artists/artist teams to transform garbage and recycling collection trucks into vibrant, rolling works of art.

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December 19, 2023 AACE Innovative Program & Creative Marketing Award – City of Cedar Rapids

City Receives 2023 American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE) Innovative Program & Creative Marketing Award

The City of Cedar Rapids Code Enforcement Division received the 2023 American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE) Innovative Program & Creative Marketing award for several initiatives implemented throughout the City including community education campaigns, new programming, innovative training, and staff certifications.  It was a record setting year in which AACE, a national nonprofit association fostering code compliance through its certification program, education, training, and enforcement, received 53 award nominations.   Read More

December 14, 2023 Parking Map (Dec 6 2023) Square

1st Street W Opens to Traffic

Effective immediately, 1st Street W from E Avenue NW to 2nd Avenue SW is open to traffic. In addition to opening the road, a new traffic signal is operational at the corner of 1st Street W and 1st Avenue W.  Read More

November 28, 2023 Flood Control System logo

1st Street NE Reduced to One Lane for Flood Control System Construction

Starting on Wednesday, November 29, 1st Street NE will be reduced to one lane heading southbound from B Avenue NE to 1st Avenue NE for the construction of Flood Control System infrastructure. Work is expected to last until the spring of 2025. Expect delays in the area.  Read More

November 27, 2023 Holiday tree lit at Greene Square Park

Tree Lighting on December 2

The City of Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will hold the official City tree lighting on Saturday, December 2 at Greene Square, 400 4th Avenue SE. This year’s tree is a 25 to 30 foot spruce donated by the Gingrich family who will light the tree at 5:30 p.m. following remarks by Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell. The tree lighting ceremony will be preceded by family activities beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the park. The event is free and open to the public. Food trucks will be available with refreshments for sale. Call Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation, 319-286-5566, for more information. Read More

November 27, 2023 Capture

Upcoming Short-Term Traffic Impacts to 17th Avenue in Czech Village

Minor traffic impacts are expected in the Czech Village Area on Tuesday, December 5 and Wednesday, December 6. City contractors will be conducting soil borings to collect soil samples in the area as part of preparations for the LightLine Loop project.   Read More

November 27, 2023 Fall Loose Leaf Web Graphic

Leaf Collection Impacted by Snow Event

The recent snow impacted Cedar Rapids' loose leaf vacuum collection. SE and SW quadrant collection will begin later than anticipated this week.

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November 26, 2023 Snowflakes on a blue background

Snow Emergency In Effect

A Snow Emergency is in effect until 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2023. Read More

November 22, 2023 Clipboard illustration

City Seeks Feedback from Regional Workforce to Unlock Community Potential

We are seeking feedback from “working age” people who live and work in the Cedar Rapids metro area. Read More

November 21, 2023 Westside Library Park Graphic_web

Final Input Sought for Westside Library Park

Concept planning for the Westside Library Park is nearly complete, and the City is seeking final input on the draft plan for the park. A public open house will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, in Time Check Hall at City Services Center, 500 15th Avenue SW. Read More

November 20, 2023 Pie with heading that reads City Budget Survey

Tell us how you would slice it!

Cedar Rapids residents have a chance to win pie for a year* just for taking the City's annual budget survey!

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ConnectCR Project Reaches Milestone as Removal of Old Railroad Bridge Begins

Crews will advance and mobilize equipment for the removal of the former CRANDIC/Rock Island Railroad Bridge over the Cedar River. The Flood of 2008 partially wiped the bridge away. Now, ConnectCR project partners will begin work to fully remove existing structural elements from the Cedar River, making way for the new Alliant Energy LightLine. Read More

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City Celebrates Demolition and "Recycling" of Old Railroad Bridge

The City of Cedar Rapids, ConnectCR, representatives from Alliant Energy and ITC Midwest, along with countless donors and supporters marked another milestone in the community betterment project with a celebratory “boom” to represent the demolition of the old CRANDIC/Rock Island Railroad Bridge. The bridge was partially wiped out in the Flood of 2008 and is being fully removed to make way for the new Alliant Energy LightLine, a pedestrian bridge that spans the Cedar River near Mount Trashmore, connecting the city’s New Bohemia and Czech Village districts. Read More

November 20, 2023 City News

City Earns Perfect Score on Human Rights Municipal Equality Index

The City achieved a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Municipal Equality Index (MEI).This is the seventh time the city has earned this distinction. Read More

November 19, 2023 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted for All Customers in NE Quadrant Previously Affected

The City of Cedar Rapids lifted the precautionary water advisory for customers in the NE quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Read More

November 17, 2023 Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Holiday Events

Celebrate the Season with Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation

The City of Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department is offering a variety of holiday events for all ages: Thanksgiving Swim, Noelridge Greenhouse Lights & Blooms, City of Cedar Rapids Tree Lighting, Semi-Formal Winter Dance, Winter Wonderland, Santa's Workshop, and Holiday Market. Read More

November 17, 2023 photo of City Hall building

City of Cedar Rapids and Linn County to jointly fund Homelessness Systems Manager Position

The City of Cedar Rapids and Linn County are committed to finding solutions to end homeless in our community. As part of this commitment, the City engaged the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) over the summer. NAEH assessed and reviewed available community systems and resources in Linn County. Read More

November 14, 2023 City News

City of Cedar Rapids Announces New Finance Director

The City of Cedar Rapids has named Abhijit “Abhi” Deshpande as the City’s new Finance Director, to start on Monday, January 15, 2024.

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November 07, 2023 State of Iowa with the text Best Tasting Water - 2010, 2012, 2022, 2023 - shown in front of a splash of water background image

Cedar Rapids has Best-Tasting Water in Iowa - Again!

The Iowa Section of the American Water Works Association held a blind taste-test competition to determine which Iowa community provides the best-tasting drinking water. This year, Cedar Rapids’ drinking water was selected as Iowa’s Best-Tasting Drinking Water 2023 — for the second year in a row! Read More

October 20, 2023 Cat - Animal Care & Control Adoption

CRAC&C Seeks Community Input on Trap-Neuter-Return Proposal

Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control is proposing changes and additions to current municipal code regarding the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return. Read More

October 19, 2023 Shoe-Bee-Dew at Noelridge Park

Noelridge Gardens Awarded First Place in 2023 AAS Display Garden Landscape Design Challenge

Noelridge Park Gardens received distinction as the Category II first-place winner of the 2023 All-America Selections (AAS) Landscape Design Contest in October with its entry, Shoe-Bee-Dew! A Whimsical Garden Walk at Noelridge Park. Read More

October 13, 2023 Fall Loose Leaf Web Graphic

Fall Leaf Vacuum Collection Begins Oct. 16

Starting Monday, Oct. 16, the City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste and Recycling Division will begin operating leaf vacuum trucks, running through Friday, Dec. 8. Residents can expect leaf collection every other week based on the quadrant where they live.

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City Celebrates 100 Miles of Trails in Cedar Rapids with Ribbon Cutting 

The City of Cedar Rapids will celebrate completing 100 miles of trails and bikeways in Cedar Rapids with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 19, at 3:30 p.m. Read More

October 05, 2023 garden with shovel

Winterization of Parks and Garden Plots Begins

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department has begun shutting off water and closing park restrooms in preparation for freezing winter temperatures and the loss of seasonal cleaning staff.

City garden plot leases at Tuma, Ellis, Sinclair, and Gardner Golf Course will end on Sunday, October 8th. All non-vegetative materials such as stakes, wire, and plant ties must now be removed from garden plots.  Read More

September 28, 2023 Greenway Parks Plan graphic showing areas of the greenway

City Requests Input on Greenway Parks Plan

The City of Cedar Rapids will hold a public open house on Tuesday, October 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Ellis Clubhouse & Event Center, 1401 Zika Avenue NW, to confirm and update interests and amenities identified in the 2014 Greenway Parks Plan. Community members are invited to provide feedback by attending the open house or completing an online survey available through Thursday, October 12, at www.CityofCR.org/GreenwayPlan. Read More

September 27, 2023 5 Seasons tree at sunset - Lightened - Calcam AP 2018 (1) - Copy

City Announces Disaster Recovery Rehabilitation Program

Applications for the City of Cedar Rapids’ Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program are now open. The City was awarded $2.5 million through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) to assist homeowners in Cedar Rapids with remaining Derecho-related repairs.  Read More

September 26, 2023 snow-buddies-news-thumb

City to Begin Accepting Snow Buddies Applications

The City of Cedar Rapids will begin accepting need-based applications for its Snow Buddies sidewalk snow removal program on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 8 a.m. Read More

September 21, 2023 Westside Library Park Graphic Invitation

Input Sought for Westside Library Park

The City of Cedar Rapids is seeking input on a future park adjacent to the Westside Library to be constructed at the corner of Wiley Boulevard and 20th Avenue SW. A public meeting will be held at the Ladd Library on Wednesday, September 27, between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. for individuals to share their priorities and vision. Read More

September 12, 2023 1200x630 City Week Open House 2023

City Week Open House

Join us for City Week Open House, Wednesday, October 11 from 5–7 PM! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the building, City vehicles and equipment, enjoy kid’s activities, and so much more. Read More

September 08, 2023 CRFD Accreditation 2023

Cedar Rapids Fire Department Achieves Reaccreditation from Commission on Fire Accreditation International

The City of Cedar Rapids and the Cedar Rapids Fire Department are pleased to have been recognized by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) as a reaccredited agency.
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September 07, 2023 371x230 Mayor's Youth Conference Web Image

Register Now For The First-Ever Mayor's Youth Conference

Cedar Rapids-area high school students are invited to attend the first-ever Mayor’s Youth Conference on Monday, October 9 at the Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library. Read More

August 31, 2023 Children playing at a Cedar Rapids splash pad

Cedar Rapids Splash Pads Open through September 10

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department historically closes the City’s 11 splash pads after Labor Day weekend. However, due to anticipated high temperatures next week, the Department is extending the splash pad season through 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 10 to provide residents with water recreation. Read More

August 30, 2023 PoliceDepartmentLogowithUSflag

Cedar Rapids Community Invited to Shape the Future of Policing

Share Your Input in Our Survey for the Police Chief Candidate Profile Read More

August 25, 2023 Media Release Web Version

Applications Now Open for City's Inaugural Community Water Academy

The City of Cedar Rapids is hosting its inaugural Community Water Academy this fall. Read More

August 25, 2023 Update - CR Transit Service

Cedar Rapids Transit Announces Bus Route and Schedule Changes

Cedar Rapids Transit is announcing bus route and schedule changes, effective Tuesday, Sept. 5. Read More

August 24, 2023 Marion Mayor Nick AbouAssaly, Cedar Rapids Mayor Tiffany O'Donnell, CR Metro Economic Alliance Vice Chair Anne Parmley, Hiawatha Mayor Bill Bennett

Collaborative Growth Initiative Unveiled

The Cities of Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha Partner with the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance to Spur Regional Growth Read More

August 23, 2023 Riverside Skatepark Ribbon Cutting Invitation

New Skatepark Opens in Cedar Rapids

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for the new skatepark at Riverside Park, 1501 A Street SW, on Saturday, August 26 at 9:30 a.m. The skatepark was relocated within the park to make room for a detention basin that is part of the flood control system. The previous skatepark was installed in in 1999 and consisted of mostly steel-framed obstacles with a few concrete pieces. The new skatepark provides more efficient use of space and better flow, with obstacles out of concrete to meet optimal industry standards. Read More

August 21, 2023 How Not to Recycle Cardboard Boxes

Recycling Reminders for Curbside Collection

The City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste & Recycling division thanks residents for recycling and sending less to the landfill. Following these tips helps to ensure an efficient collection route, which keeps drivers on time and helps to save fuel and lower emissions. 

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August 16, 2023 Invitation to Jones Park Pickleball Court Ribbon Cutting

City Opens Pickleball Courts in Jones Park

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will open a new ten-court pickleball complex in Jones Park, 2901 Fruitland Boulevard, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 22, at 10:00 a.m. The event will be followed by a demonstration of the sport by members of the Linn County Pickleball Association and free lessons provided by Smithfield Tennis and Pickleball Center. Some rackets will be available for use. Read More

August 07, 2023 ReLeaf Cedar Rapids logo

ReLeaf Supporters and Sponsors Celebrated on Derecho Anniversary

The City of Cedar Rapids, in partnership with Trees Forever, will recognize and celebrate sponsors and supporters of ReLeaf Cedar Rapids on the third anniversary of the August 2020 Derecho. A commemoration ceremony will be held on Thursday, August 10 at 9:00 a.m. in Bever Park, along Bever Park Road near the Red Oak Pavilion. Read More

August 03, 2023 Post Season Swimming Begins

Post-Season Swimming Hours Begin August 5 for Cedar Rapids Municipal Pools

Post-season swimming hours for the Cedar Rapids outdoor municipal pools will begin Saturday, August 5 with the seasonal closure of Bever Pool at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 4 followed by the closure of Jones Pool at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 6. Cherry Hill closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 20. Ellis closes at 12 p.m. on August 27, and Noelridge closes at 5 p.m. Monday, September 4 (Labor Day). The post season schedule follows: Read More

August 02, 2023 Play-Fall-2023-Cover

Register Now for Fall Parks and Recreation Programs

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department’s fall program registration began online Monday, July 31. Registrations are now being accepted online; by phone, 319-286-5566; or in person, during regular business hours, at the Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW, or the City Services Center, 500 15th Avenue SW. Play CR, the recreation program guide for all ages and abilities, is available online at CRREC.org. Read More

August 01, 2023 CALEA 2023

CRPD Receives Second CALEA Certification

CRPD Receives Second CALEA Certification
The Cedar Rapids Police Department (CRPD) received its second CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) Certification for Advanced Law Enforcement status at a formal Commission hearing on Friday and a ceremony Saturday night in Oklahoma City.

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July 31, 2023 A yellow lab and a dachshund dressed in a shark costume look at tennis balls floating in Bever Pool

K9Splash! at Bever Pool August 5 & 6

K9COLA (Citizens for Off-Leash Areas) and the City of Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department are hosting the K9Splash! dog swim at Bever Park Pool in Cedar Rapids.

The event takes place on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (10 to 11 a.m. for dogs under 15 inches only). Proceeds from K9Splash! benefit off-leash parks in Cedar Rapids and the City of Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department.

Registration will be held at Bever Pool on the day of the event starting at 9:30 a.m. both mornings. (Advance registration is not available.) The cost is $15 per dog per day. Proof of vaccinations is required at registration. Learn more at k9cola.org.

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July 31, 2023 A sample solicitor license includes a portrait and details such as the solicitor's name, company, date of birth, hair and eye color, license number, and expiration date.

Door-to-Door Sales and Licensing

Between June 1 and July 28, there were six calls to Cedar Rapids Police regarding door-to-door sales, and the City Clerk’s office has received several inquiries about licensing and sales rules.

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July 29, 2023 tree debris on street_web

Tree and Brush Removal Following Storms

The City of Cedar Rapids has taken reports of tree damage and debris following recent storms. Read on for information on how to report debris and how to receive debris assistance. Read More

July 25, 2023 Shoes in garden walk

Shoe-Bee-Dew! A Whimsical Garden Walk in Noelridge Park

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Noelridge invite the public to take a whimsical garden walk, “Shoe-Bee-Dew!” in Noelridge Park on August 8, 2023, from 5 to 8 p.m. All-America Selections (AAS) plants will be creatively displayed in shoes, along with fun bee motifs and advice. Several pairs of shoes from local celebrities will also be featured in the garden, but only those who attend will find out whose they are! Volunteers will be on-hand to answer question about the new, award-winning varieties of plants. There is no charge for admission to this event for all ages sponsored by GreatAmerica Financial Services Corp., Blooms Garden Center, Theisens Cedar Rapids, Fleet Farm, Bass Farms, and Natural Whimsey. Read More

July 24, 2023 Invitation to Jones Dog Park Public Input Session on Thursday, July 27

Input Sought on Jones Dog Park

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public input on converting approximately 10 acres of the former Jones Golf Course into a dog park. A meeting to share feedback on two conceptional designs will be held on Thursday, July 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Time Check Hall, City Services Center, 500 15th Avenue SW. Read More

July 21, 2023 Back 2 School Bash 2023

School Supplies and Fun at the Back 2 School Bash August 4

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will be handing out school supplies at the Annual Back 2 School Bash on Friday, August 4, from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Aquatic Center parking lot. The event with lots of fun activities is for kids entering kindergarten through 5th grade. Admission is $5 per child. Advance registration for program #103602-01 at CRREC.org is required; a limited number of spots are available. Read More

July 07, 2023 3rd street aerial

Cedar Rapids Named 23rd Best-Run City in America

Cedar Rapids recently was ranked 23rd Best-Run City in America by WalletHub, a personal finance company that completed an in-depth analysis of the Best- and Worst-Run Cities in America in 2023. Read More

July 05, 2023 1-Bag Challenge Group Picture

City Manager's 1-Bag Challenge Program Breaks Litter Collection Record

After celebrating more than 10 years of program success, the City of Cedar Rapids City Manager's 1-Bag Challenge litter collection program has broken the record of bags of litter collected in one year. A total of 7,192 bags of litter were collected in fiscal year 2023, which ended June 30. The previous record was 4,476 bags of litter collected in fiscal year 2021; this year's number breaks the record by over 2,700 bags. Read More

June 28, 2023 YARDY and GARBY carts on the curb

No Delay in Cedar Rapids Solid Waste Collection for Independence Day

There will be no delay in garbage, recycling and compost collection for the City of Cedar Rapids for Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4. Collection will be on schedule for the week of Monday, July 3, and residents should have carts to curbs by 7 a.m. on their normal collection days throughout the week. Read More

June 28, 2023 Tree with a bag with a Tree Bud sticker

City Launches "Tree Bud" Program to Assist with Tree Watering

Cedar Rapids residents with homes or businesses where trees have been planted in the City’s right-of-way are invited to volunteer to become “Tree Buds.” As a Tree Bud, a resident or business owner volunteers to fill a tree’s water bag every 7 – 10 days, unless an inch of rain is recorded in that time period.

Those interested in becoming a “Tree Bud” can request a sticker for a tree watering bag by calling the City’s Forestry Department at 319-286-5747 or by stopping by the Parks and Recreation Office at 500 15th Avenue SE. Starting July 5, 2023, stickers will also be available from the crews watering the trees as well as at the Northwest Recreation Center at 1340 11th Street NW and through the Rollin’ RecMobile. The Rollin’ RecMobile’s schedule can be found on the City’s website at CityofCR.com/CRRecmobile.

 

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June 26, 2023 371x230 Mayor's Youth Conference Web Image

Registration Open For 2023 Mayor's Youth Conference

Cedar Rapids-area high school students are invited to attend the first-ever Mayor’s Youth Conference on Monday, October 9 at the Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library. Read More

June 21, 2023 Spot the Hot Urban Heat Mapping Campaign logo

Spot the Hot in Cedar Rapids: Volunteers Needed in July to Map City Hotspots

In July 2023, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City volunteers are needed to serve as community scientists and help Spot the Hot, or gather temperature data on the hottest parts of the Corridor.  Read More

June 08, 2023 YARDY and GARBY carts on the curb

Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste Optimization May Impact Collection Times This Summer

Residents may notice their garbage/recycling/yard waste collection workers arriving at new times on their regular collection day. Read More

May 25, 2023 Resident Appreciation Day in 2018

City Hosts Resident Appreciation Day at Downtown Farmers' Market on June 3

The City of Cedar Rapids hosts Resident Appreciation Day at the Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 3. City tents and vehicles will be set up near and in Greene Square from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The event provides a fun opportunity for the community to meet City staff and learn more about City programs and services. Read More

May 17, 2023 Kirkwood Boulevard Water Tank against the morning sky, the words 'Cedar Rapids' are marked upon the tank.

Cedar Rapids 2022 Water Quality Report Now Available

The City of Cedar Rapids' annual Water Quality Report, out now, provides a comprehensive look at the past year’s drinking water quality. Read More

May 10, 2023 CRFD CFA PIC

CRFD Citizen Academy Applications Due May 14

Applications for Cedar Rapids Fire Citizens Academy are due by May 14. Read More

May 05, 2023 photo of City Hall building

Cedar Rapids Receives Aa1 Bond Rating on General Obligation Debt and Aa2 Bond Rating on Revenue Debt

Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a Aa1 rating to the City’s $57.9 million General Obligation Bonds, Series 2023A and $6.1 million Taxable General Obligation Bonds, Series 2023B. The Aa1 rating indicates the bonds are judged to be of high quality and are subject to low credit risk. Moody’s also assigned Aa2 rating to the City’s $11 million Water Revenue Bonds, Series 2023C, and maintained the Aa2 rating on the City’s previously issued water revenue debt. Read More

April 17, 2023 Graphic with text saying Dual Use Facility Survey

Input Sought for Facility Needs

The City of Cedar Rapids is gathering public input between April 17 and June 6 on recreation, sports, and community center needs. The City is working with CSL International to conduct a feasibility study for a dual-use intergenerational center and sports complex in Cedar Rapids. The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6XBR2GT or through a QR code shared on the City's website and social media channels. Feedback will also be accepted at the Downtown Farmer's market Saturday, June 3, from 7:30 a.m. to Noon and at facilities such as the Northwest Recreation Center and Cedar Rapids Public Library. Read More

April 17, 2023 1-Bag Challenge Group Picture

Celebrate Earth Week with the City of Cedar Rapids

The City of Cedar Rapids will celebrate Earth Week April 22-28. Join us at EcoFest, our City Manager's 1-Bag Challenge litter pickup event, and an Arbor Day school tree planting. Earth Week encourages us all to increase our awareness and understanding of our world and of the City's community climate goals and initiatives. Read More

April 11, 2023 PoliceDepartmentLogowithUSflag

Police Chief Wayne Jerman Retires, Interim Chief Appointed

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman announced his retirement today after 44 years of public service and more than ten years with the City. City Manager Jeff Pomeranz announced the appointment of Interim Chief of Police Tom Jonker. Read More

March 31, 2023 neighborhood-pact-high-winds

Neighborhood P.A.C.T. - Be prepared for severe weather today.

The City of Cedar Rapids' Neighborhood P.A.C.T. emergency-preparedness initiative has tips to keep safe during severe weather events. Read More

March 31, 2023 City News

Most City Facilities Closing Early Today Due to Severe Weather Forecast

Due to the forecasted severe weather outlook, most City of Cedar Rapids offices, facilities and programs will close at 4 p.m. today, March 31, 2023. Read More

March 27, 2023 Map of skatepark location within map

Temporary Skatepark to Open at Time Check Park

The Parks and Recreation Department will be installing temporary skatepark equipment on the basketball court at Time Check Park, 1131 5th Street NW, this week. The site will serve as a replacement skatepark while the Riverside Skatepark is under construction. Read More

March 27, 2023 Spring Loose Leaf Collection

City of Cedar Rapids Spring Loose-Leaf Vacuum Collection to Run April 3-28

The City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste & Recycling division will begin operating leaf vacuum trucks on Monday, April 3. Residents who choose to participate can expect leaf collection on their regular collection day unless the trucks are slowed by weather or volume, in which case the division will strive to reach any missed properties the following day. The program runs through Friday, April 28.  Read More

March 24, 2023 Photo of Ellis Golf Course with Clubhouse in the background

Ellis Golf Course to Open Monday

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department plans to open Ellis Golf Course, 1401 Zika Avenue NW, on Monday, March 27. The clubhouse will open at 7:30 a.m., with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m., and close at dusk through March. Read More

March 22, 2023 Rain Art painted on the sidewalk

Call for Artists for Temporary Rain Art Installations in Cedar Rapids

The City of Cedar Rapids GreenCR sustainability initiative and Public Art Commission invite local artists to create artwork that builds awareness of the City's Community Climate Action Plan. Read More

March 21, 2023 Row of historic residential homes

City Opens Historic Rehab Program for 2023

The City of Cedar Rapids Community Development Department has opened the Historic Rehab Program for properties located within the city’s two local historic districts, the 2nd and 3rd Ave Historic District and the Redmond Park – Grande Ave Historic District, and its seven local landmarks.

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March 20, 2023 Twin Pines Golf Course with golfer

Twin Pines Golf Course and Mini Pines Miniature Golf Course to Open Tuesday

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department plans to begin the golf season with the opening of Twin Pines Golf Course on Tuesday, March 21. Mini Pines, the City’s miniature golf course, will also open for the season on March 21. The Department plans to open Gardner Golf Course on Wednesday, March 22. The opening of Ellis Golf Course is yet to be determined and will be announced later. Tee times may be reserved at www.playcedarrapidsgolf.com. Read More

March 01, 2023 Tree-Vets

Apply to Serve on a City Board or Commission

Applications are being accepted from Cedar Rapids residents for current and upcoming vacancies on many City of Cedar Rapids boards, commissions and advisory committees.  Read More

January 24, 2023 City-Hall-Sign - Copy

City Budget FY 2021

For Fiscal Year (FY) ending June 30, 2021: 

The fiscal year 2021 budget was presented to the Mayor and City Council in February 2020. The City provides the following services: public safety, public works, solid waste collection, animal control, parking, ground transportation, community development and municipal water and sewer. The City also provides cultural and recreational opportunities through various departments and commissions.

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January 19, 2023 Pool manager and cashier in the doorway at Cherry Hill Pool.

City Tailgating for Summer Employees February 4

The City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will be tailgating for seasonal employees on Saturday, February 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ellis Golf Course Clubhouse, 1401 Zika Ave NW. This job fair provides a fun way to meet staff from the Department and ask questions about spring and summer positions in golf, parks, recreation, and aquatics. Wages have been increased for more than 300 positions. The event will include games, refreshments, and drawings for free admission to Mini Pines and the outdoor pools. Read More

January 04, 2023 City recycling truck picks up a CURBY cart

Winter Weather Impacting Solid Waste Collections

All Cedar Rapids solid waste collections are canceled for Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, due to icy roads. Read More

December 20, 2022 Flood-control-logo

First Avenue Will Close Downtown Tonight for the Installation of the East Floodgate

Construction continues on the First Avenue East Floodgate as part of the Cedar River Flood Control System. Read More

December 19, 2022 pine tree on ground

Methods for Disposing of Live Christmas Trees in Cedar Rapids

The City of Cedar Rapids will accept curbside disposal of live, unflocked trees, beginning Tuesday, January 3 and ending Friday, January 27. Whole trees may be placed at the collection area and set at least three feet from collection carts. In addition, trees are currently being accepted at Prairie Park Fishery, 2125 Otis Rd SE. The site is open to receive trees from 6:00 a.m. to dusk (one half hour after sunset) and will close on January 15.

To prepare trees for curbside collection or recycling remove all tinsel, ornaments, decorations, stands, watering packets, tree wrap, and netting. Do not place trees in plastic bags. Flocked trees, wreaths and garland cannot be recycled. 
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December 09, 2022 Cute Adoptable Dog named Fawn

December Pet Adoption Special

Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control is offering a month of fun on Saturdays with the "Shiver Me Timbers" adoption special on all their current pets. Read More

December 02, 2022 Flood-control-logo

First Avenue Will Close Downtown on Monday for Arrival of East Floodgate

On Monday, December 5, 1st Avenue will be closed between 3rd Street West and 1st Street East, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and running through the afternoon. Read More

November 28, 2022 Lighted Christmas tree in Greene Square

Official City of Cedar Rapids Tree Lighting is December 3 at Greene Square

The City of Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will hold the official City tree lighting on Saturday, December 3 at Greene Square, 400 4th Avenue SE. This year’s tree is a 35-foot blue spruce donated by the Mike Condon family who will light the tree at 5:30 p.m. following remarks by Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell. Read More

November 07, 2022 Bus in front of Ground Transportation Center

City of Cedar Rapids Transit Offering Free Bus Rides on Election Day

The City of Cedar Rapids Transit will offer free bus rides on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Buses will run regular hours, from 5:15 a.m.–6:15 p.m.

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October 18, 2022 Tree of Five Seasons sculpture

REMINDER: Final Open House for Westdale Area Action Plan on Wednesday

The community is invited to attend a final open house for the Westdale Area Action Plan. The open house will be held Wednesday, October 19, from 5–7 p.m. at the Ladd Library (3750 Williams Boulevard SW). Read More

October 06, 2022 Fall landscape at Noelridge Park.

Full-Service Park Season Ending

City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation staff have started shutting off water and closing restrooms throughout the park system in preparation for freezing winter temperatures and the loss of seasonal cleaning staff. Restrooms at select parks will remain open until November as staffing and temperatures allow. Portable restrooms will be available in some locations after they close.  Read More

September 27, 2022 2022 Move More Week Graphic with dates

City Offers Activities for Move More Week

As part of Move More Week, and in support of Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative, the City of Cedar Rapids will offer a series of free, healthy activities for the public. The state’s Healthiest State Walk will take place on Wednesday, October 5. In Cedar Rapids, people are encouraged to meet in front of City Hall, 101 First Street SE, at noon and enjoy a 25-minute group walk to Greene Square for a complimentary lunch provided by AARP. Read More

September 26, 2022 Crewman at road construction site

Upcoming Closures of C Avenue NE and Blairs Ferry Road

Upcoming road closures along C Avenue NE and Blairs Ferry Road will be necessary to allow the contractor to continue work on the Lindale Trail Extension Project. Local traffic should be aware impacts and anticipate travel delays. Read More

September 21, 2022 Bus in front of Ground Transportation Center

Cedar Rapids Transit Announces Fare Changes

Cedar Rapids Transit, which operates the public bus service throughout the city, will resume fare collection with updated fares on Monday, Sept. 26. Passengers may ride the bus using a bus pass, a participating school ID, exact cash, a Free Fare ID Card, or a blue ticket. More information is available at CityofCR.com/Transit and by calling 319-286-5573.

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September 19, 2022 snow-buddies-news-thumb

City to Begin Accepting Snow Buddies Applications

The City of Cedar Rapids will begin accepting need-based applications for its Snow Buddies snow removal program on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 8 a.m. Read More

September 07, 2022 Invitation to Hughes Park Ribbon Cutting showing horse sculpture

City Officially Opens New Park Friday

The City of Cedar Rapids will officially open Hughes Park, 2100 Wilson Avenue SW, on Friday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. with a ribbon cutting event. The park historically preserves an outdoor environmental space previously owned by the Hughes family. Read More

September 02, 2022 A group collects litter using the City Manager's 1-Bag Challenge mint green bags

City Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary of 1-Bag Challenge Program

The City of Cedar Rapids will host an end-of-summer litter pickup event in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge. Residents and community members are invited to attend a celebration and cleanup event on Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 5–7 p.m. at the McGrath Amphitheatre downtown.

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September 02, 2022 City recycling truck picks up a CURBY cart

No Garbage Collection on Labor Day

Cedar Rapids Solid Waste & Recycling will be closed for the Labor Day holiday with no waste collection on Monday, Sept. 5. Garbage, recycling and compost collection will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6, when residents should have carts to curbs by 7 a.m. Read More

August 26, 2022 Disaster Relief Recovery Survey Graphic

City Conducts Survey to Identify Derecho-Related Repairs Not Completed

$2.5 million will be made available to homeowners in Linn County for derecho related repairs that have not been completed and were not covered by insurance or other funding sources. Residents of Cedar Rapids who have derecho repairs that are not completed are encouraged to fill out the survey at https://arcg.is/av5D. Information obtained through an online survey will assist in connecting homeowners to resources when funds are available. Read More

August 03, 2022 Photo from cover of Fall Play guide with two boys playing flag football

Register Now for Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Fall Programs

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department’s fall program registration began online Monday, August 1. Registrations are now being accepted online; by phone, 319-286-5566; or in person, during regular business hours, at the Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW, or the City Services Center, 500 15th Avenue SW. Play CR, the recreation program guide for all ages and abilities, is available online at CRREC.org. All Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Robins residents will receive theguide in the mail the week of August 8. Play CR starts on page 25 of Our CR, the City of Cedar Rapids’ quarterly magazine. Read More

August 01, 2022 A girl and a boy holding school supplies that they received at the Back 2 School Bash.

Back 2 School Bash to be Held at Ellis Pool

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will host the Back 2 School Bash on Friday, August 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This year’s Back 2 School Bash will be held at Ellis Pool, 2000 Ellis Boulevard NW, and include pool admission for only $2.00. The event also includes free school supplies for the first 500 school aged children who attend, bounce houses, and food for purchase from Bridge Under the Bridges. The event is intended to celebrate going back to school but does not provide a full school supply list for attendees. Read More

July 29, 2022 Man using outdoor exercise equipment

Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation and AARP Iowa Host BBQ Picnic at Jones FitLot

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with AARP Iowa, will host a BBQ picnic at the FitLot™at Jones Park, 201 Wilson Avenue Drive SW, on Thursday, August 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A brief program will be held at 12:00 p.m. Read More

July 29, 2022 Greenhouses 50 year anniversary invitation with photos of the greenhouse

Noelridge Greenhouse Celebrates 50th Anniversary

While the Parks Department has been producing flowers for public spaces in Cedar Rapids since 1930, the greenhouse at Noelridge Park just turned 50 this year. The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will be celebrating this milestone with an open house at Noelridge Greenhouse, 4900 Council Street NE, on Friday, August 12 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Read More

July 24, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted for All Customers in NE Quadrant Previously Affected

Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Read More

July 22, 2022 Flood-control-logo

16th Avenue Bridge of Lions Ribbon Cutting Today

City officials will mark a milestone in permanent flood control during a ribbon cutting for the 16th Avenue Bridge of Lions on Friday, July 22, at 2 p.m. Read More

July 22, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory for Limited Set of Customers in NE Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is asking customers at a limited set of addresses in the NE quadrant to consider boiling water used for personal consumption as a precautionary measure, due to a water main break at 2921 Circle Dr. NE. Read More

July 15, 2022 Rendering of COVID-19 virus with RNA strand in background

City Modifies Protocols Following Updated CDC Guidance

In accordance with the CDC's recommendations, the City of Cedar Rapids will require the public to wear masks in City buildings, effective Monday, July 18 at 7:30 AM. Read More

July 12, 2022 Rendering of front of Ellis Golf Course Clubhouse and Event Center

Open House to be held at Ellis Golf Clubhouse and Event Center

An open house will be held at the new Ellis Golf Course Clubhouse and Event Center on Thursday, July 14 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. As part of the event, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m.  Read More

July 11, 2022 Row of historic residential homes

Derecho Disaster Recovery Funding Information Session for Housing Developers

A total of $57,566,000 in CDBG-DR funding has been allocated to the State of Iowa for distribution. The City of Cedar Rapids, in conjunction with the Iowa Economic Development Authority, will host a developer informational session on Friday, July 15. Read More

July 06, 2022 tree debris on street_web

Tree and Brush Removal Following Storms

The City of Cedar Rapids has taken reports of tree damage and debris following recent storms. Residents may report a City right-of-way tree blocking a street or driveway by calling (319) 286-5747 or submitting a concern through the My CR platform. Read More

June 29, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted for All Customers in SW Quadrant Previously Affected

Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Read More

June 27, 2022 Skatepark Open House Invitation

Public Meeting to be held on Orientation of Relocated Skatepark

A meeting to gain input on the skatepark relocation at Riverside Park will be held on Wednesday, June 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at City Services Center, 500 15th Ave. SW. Skatepark and park users, neighbors, council and interested citizens are invited to attend and provide feedback on the orientation, layout and flow of the relocated skatepark, and features that must be replaced. Read More

June 16, 2022 City-Hall-Sign - Copy

Linn County and City of Cedar Rapids Launch Round 2 of Joint ARPA Application Process

The City of Cedar Rapids and Linn County have launched the next round of a joint-application process for federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Applications will be accepted from organizations wishing to utilize this funding for projects or services. The online application is available at www.CR-LinnARPA.org Read More

June 14, 2022 Noelridge Aquatic Center

Noelridge Aquatic Center to Open Saturday

Noelridge Aquatic Center will open to the public on Saturday, June 18. It will be the fifth outdoor pool in Cedar Rapids open for summer swimming. Find pool schedules at https://bit.ly/CRpools. Read More

June 14, 2022 A Juneteenth flag flies beneath the American flag on the City Hall flag pole.

City Council Adopts Display of Flags Policy

On Flag Day this year, City Council adopted a new policy to govern when commemorative, special occasion and other ceremonial flags may be flown on flagpoles at City-owned properties. The Juneteenth flag will be the first flag flown under the new policy.

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June 10, 2022 family biking downtown

Tour Cedar Rapids Bicycle Infrastructure with Third "Ride the Districts!" Bike Ride

Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with bicycle infrastructure in Cedar Rapids by joining the third “Ride the Districts!” bike ride at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 12.

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June 02, 2022 Child in fire truck

City to Host Resident Appreciation Day at Downtown Farmers' Market on June 4

The City of Cedar Rapids is hosting Resident Appreciation Day at the Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 4. City tents and vehicles will be set up on 4th Avenue and at Greene Square from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The event provides a fun opportunity for citizens to meet City staff and learn more about City programs and services. Read More

June 01, 2022 Cherry Hill Aquatic Center

Four Cedar Rapids Pools to Open Saturday

Following months of diligent recruiting efforts by City staff to combat a lifeguard shortage, the City of Cedar Rapids is excited to announce that four municipal pools will open on Saturday, June 4. Cherry Hill Aquatic Center and Bever, Ellis, and Jones Pools will open with schedules for lap swims and open swims posted on the City’s website at CityofCR.org. Bender Indoor Pool is also open. Noelridge Aquatic Center will not open until mid-June or later due to a mechanical issue with the pool’s heating system.  Read More

June 01, 2022 Rollin' Recmobile at a park

Rollin' Recmobile Begins Schedule on June 4

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department’s Rollin’ Recmobile will begin its summer schedule on Saturday, June 4 as part of the City’s Resident Appreciation Day at the Downtown Farmers’ Market. This year, two Rollin’ Recmobile vans will bring recreation equipment, games, and staff to lead activities at parks, expanding opportunities for kids. There is no cost to participate. Read More

May 31, 2022 A water tank marked with the words Cedar Rapids cuts across an empty sky

Cedar Rapids 2021 Water Quality Report Available

The City of Cedar Rapids' annual Water Quality Report provides a comprehensive look at the past year’s drinking water quality.

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May 27, 2022 cherry hill aquatic center

Cherry Hill Aquatic Center Will Open May 28

The Cedar Rapids municipal pool swimming season will begin this weekend with pre-season swimming at Cherry Hill Aquatic Center on Saturday, May 28; Sunday, May 29; and Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day). Previously, the Parks and Recreation Department planned to open Noelridge Aquatic Center this weekend, but this has changed to Cherry Hill due to a mechanical issue at Noelridge. Read More

May 24, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted for Limited Set of Customers in SW Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the SW Quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Read More

May 24, 2022 Garage sale sign in yard

Safety a Concern with Illegally Posted Signs

Periodically, the City of Cedar Rapids reminds property owners, businesses, and residents that signs are not allowed to be placed in the public right-of-way. Read More

May 22, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory for Limited Set of Customers in SW Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is asking customers at a limited set of addresses in the SW quadrant to consider boiling water used for personal consumption as a precautionary measure, due to a water main break at 1264 22nd Ave. SW. Read More

May 13, 2022 Bike to Work Week Graphic

Bike to Work Week Activities Kick Off This Weekend

Bike to Work Week (May 14–21) offers a variety of events focused on bike education and opportunities to gather with community members who share a love for biking. Read More

May 06, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted for Limited Set of Customers in SE Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the SE quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Read More

May 04, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory for Limited Set of Customers in SE Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is asking customers at a limited set of addresses in the SE quadrant to consider boiling water used for personal consumption as a precautionary measure, due to a water main break at 1617 12th Avenue SE. Read More

May 02, 2022 tree logo

Public Notice: Antidegradation Alternatives Analysis for the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Notice is hereby given that the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has completed a draft antidegradation alternatives analysis for discharge of treated wastewater to the Cedar River. Read More

April 28, 2022 2018 Arbor Day tree planting with students at Ushers Ferry

Tree Planting at Hoover School for Arbor Day

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will observe Arbor Day by planting trees at Hoover School, 4141 Johnson Avenue NW, with Hoover students on Friday, April 29 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The ceremony will include remarks by representatives from Hoover School and Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation. Mayor Pro-Tempore Ann Poe will read the Arbor Day proclamation at 10:55 a.m., followed by teaching modules for the students led by staffs from Cedar Rapids Forestry and Linn County Conservation. Read More

April 25, 2022 Flood-control-logo

Downtown Flood Control System Project Updates

Review planned and active flood control system projects. Read More

April 24, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted for Limited Set of Customers in NW Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the NW quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption Read More

April 22, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory for Limited Set of Customers in NW Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is asking customers at a limited set of addresses in the NW quadrant to consider boiling water used for personal consumption as a precautionary measure, due to a water main break on Julia Anne Dr. NW between Sue Ln. NW and 1st Ave. NW. Read More

April 12, 2022 Vigil for  Community Healing

Cedar Rapids to Hold Vigil For Community Healing on Wednesday

The City of Cedar Rapids will hold a Vigil for Community Healing on Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 50 2nd Avenue Bridge. The vigil is a moment to bring the community together — while honoring the victims, their families, and friends — and support healing for our city. Read More

April 10, 2022 Police car door

Police Investigate Overnight Shooting in Downtown Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Police are investigating a shooting at Taboo Nightclub and Lounge, 415 Third Street SE that occurred at 1:27a.m. on Sunday, April, 10, 2022. Two individuals are confirmed dead and approximately ten more are injured and receiving medical attention at multiple local hospitals. Read More

April 08, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted for Limited Set of Customers in SE Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the SE quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption.

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April 06, 2022 Skyline of Mt. Vernon Road, Cedar Rapids

Citizen Survey Enters Online Phase

Residents of the City of Cedar Rapids are invited to respond to a comprehensive quality of life survey the city is conducting. The survey is designed to provide a baseline of how the city government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the City of Cedar Rapids, and to make comparisons with peer cities. Read More

April 06, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory for Limited Set of Customers in SE Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is asking customers at a limited set of addresses in the SE quadrant to consider boiling water used for personal consumption as a precautionary measure, due to a water main break on 12th Avenue SE near 17th Street. Read More

April 04, 2022 House with lots of green plants and a bicycle

Celebrate Earth Month with the City's Green Homes Challenge

April is Earth Month, and to celebrate, the City of Cedar Rapids is asking residents to participate in the City’s Green Homes program by completing sustainable actions or making future commitments and then logging them online. Cedar Rapids residents and neighborhoods participating in the program challenge will be recognized at EcoFest, held in person this year on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at NewBo City Market.

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April 01, 2022 Couple riding electric scooters

Cedar Rapids' Micromobility Program Launches Today

The City’s Micromobility Program launches on Friday, April 1. This is the fourth year for Cedar Rapids’ micromobility program. This year, the City focused on improving several program elements. Read More

March 28, 2022 Spring Loose Leaf Collection

City of Cedar Rapids Spring Leaf Vacuum Collection to Run April 4-29

The City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste and Recycling Division will begin operating leaf vacuum trucks on Monday, April 4. Residents can expect leaf collection on their regular garbage day unless the trucks are slowed by weather or volume, in which case the division will strive to reach any missed properties the following day. Read More

March 25, 2022 Seasonal Job Fair

Job Madness Seasonal Job Fair to be held Indoors at Noelridge Greenhouse on Saturday

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, in coordination with the City’s Human Resources Department, will hold a “Job Madness” Job Fair on Saturday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. indoors at the Noelridge Greenhouse, 4900 Council Street NERead More

March 23, 2022 Aerial photo of farm fields, a body of water, and trees

Iowa Remains Focused on Improving Water Quality Across the State

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig helped kick-off the third year of the Clean Water in Iowa Starts Here campaign during a stop hosted by the City of Cedar Rapids. The City of Cedar Rapids has been working alongside the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, farmers and county and local officials to implement conservation practices since 2015 when the Middle Cedar Partnership Project was launched. Read More

March 17, 2022 YARDY and GARBY carts on the curb

Changes Announced for Acceptable Cedar Rapids Yard Waste and YARDY Cart Contents

Changes are being made to the list of items that are acceptable for City of Cedar Rapids residents to place in their YARDY yard waste carts.  Read More

March 16, 2022 Eastern Iowa Airport logo - FlyCID

"Historic" investment headed to the Eastern Iowa Airport

The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids (CID) is eligible for $28.35 million of new funding through the State of Iowa.

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March 15, 2022 Aerial photo of farm fields, a body of water, and trees

City of Cedar Rapids Receives Leadership in Conservation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Iowa Agriculture

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig recently recognized organizations and entities making exceptional contributions to the state’s agriculture community. The City of Cedar Rapids received the Leadership in Conservation award for conservation efforts. Read More

March 14, 2022 water

Iowa DNR Completes PFAS Analysis of Cedar Rapids Water

In February 2022, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources sampled Cedar Rapids’ drinking water as part of the State's action plan for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. Results are now available. Read More

March 13, 2022 A firefighter is seen responding to a fire in body mounted camera footage from a police officer camera.

Cedar Rapids Police Department Releases Footage from Inside Geneva Tower Fire

On Sunday, Feb 20, 2022, Cedar Rapids Police Officers and Firefighters battled the largest high-rise fire in City history. Body-worn cameras from several Cedar Rapids Police Officers captured moments of bravery, compassion and outstanding teamwork. Read More

March 11, 2022 Twin Pines Golf Course sign and golfer

Twin Pines Golf Course and Mini Pines Miniature Golf Course to Open Tuesday

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will open Twin Pines Golf Course, and Mini Pines minature golf, located at 3800 42nd Street NE, on Tuesday, March 15.  Read More

March 03, 2022 Tree-Vets

Apply to Serve on a City Board or Commission

Applications are being accepted from Cedar Rapids residents for current and upcoming vacancies on many City of Cedar Rapids boards, commissions and advisory committees. Read More

March 02, 2022 Tree of Five Seasons mark extends behind an icon representing a City Charter document.

Charter Review Commission Seeks Feedback from Public

The public is encouraged to review the City Charter and submit feedback through a public forum, email or online survey. Read More

February 28, 2022 Clipboard illustration

City of Cedar Rapids Participating in 2022 National Community Survey

The City of Cedar Rapids will be mailing surveys to a randomly selected group of households to participate in The National Community Survey™ in 2022. Read More

February 25, 2022 Iowa-Department-of-Agriculture-and-Land-Stewardship

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, City of Cedar Rapids Partner to Expand Conservation Drainage Practices

State, county and city officials are working together to add an estimated 60 water quality practices in the Middle Cedar watershed. 

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February 23, 2022 State of the City of Cedar Rapids

2022 Cedar Rapids State of the City Address Available Online

The Cedar Rapids State of the City presented by Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell is now available for residents to view. Read More

February 22, 2022 Murals, sculptures, and stained glass window are examples of public art in Cedar Rapids.

City Seeks Public Feedback on Draft Public Art Plan

The plan incorporates input from residents and stakeholders to define a vision for the City’s public art program. Read More

February 21, 2022 tree logo

Applications for Cedar Rapids' First Time Homebuyer Program Will Be Accepted on March 7th

The City of Cedar Rapids’ First Time Homebuyer Program will begin accepting applications at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 7th.

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February 20, 2022 Firefighters respond to a high rise fire in Cedar Rapids.

Geneva Tower Fire

Cedar Rapids firefighters were called to a reported fire at Geneva Tower, 310 5th Street Southeast, Cedar Rapids, just after midnight on February 20th, 2022.

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February 08, 2022 City-Hall-Sign

City Budget

Cedar Rapids City Manager Jeff Pomeranz presented City Council Members with his proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022 at a special council meeting on February 7.  The proposed budget serves to allocate resources and establish a direction for the City’s programs and services for the coming year. Read More

February 08, 2022 3rd street aerial

City of Cedar Rapids Launches Payment System for Non-Utility Billing

After successful implementation of a new digital payment system for utility bills in November 2021, the City of Cedar Rapids has now launched a similar enhanced digital payment system for non-utility bill types. The new system provides improved payment capabilities, enabling users to manage their bills faster, easier, and more conveniently.  Read More

February 07, 2022 release image

City Council to Adopt ReLeaf Cedar Rapids Plan

Immediately following the devastating derecho on August 10, 2020, City leadership identified that recovery would rely on thoughtful work and planning to restore the tree canopy better than it was before. As a result, the City entered into a partnership with Trees Forever, who contracted with Jeff Speck of Speck and Associates, and Confluence, Inc., to develop a plan that could serve as a public resource to guide future decision-making related to the restoration of the tree canopy in Cedar Rapids. The plan will be presented to City Council for adoption on Tuesday, February 8 during the City Council meeting. Read More

February 03, 2022 Five seasons parking garage with 2,722 sq ft mural location marked.

Call for Artists' Qualifications for Five Seasons Parking Ramp Mural

The City of Cedar Rapids’ Visual Arts Commission and local group Advocates for Social Justice are inviting area artists to help create a mural on the Five Seasons Parking Ramp. Read More

February 02, 2022 CR College Careet Connection Logo

City of Cedar Rapids Launches Workforce Program Partnership with Kirkwood Community College

The City of Cedar Rapids has partnered with Kirkwood Community College to develop a new workforce training and education program.

The program, called Cedar Rapids College Career Connection, provides tuition grants to support local career opportunities and advancement.

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January 14, 2022 Two lifeguards in water

Parks and Recreation to Hold Online Seasonal Hiring Fairs

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, in coordination with the City’s Human Resources Department, will offer two online hiring fairs for more than 350 spring and summer seasonal positions. The fairs will be held on Tuesday, January 25 from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, January 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Read More

January 03, 2022 Photo of Parks and Recreation Director Hashim Taylor

City of Cedar Rapids Welcomes Hashim Taylor as New Parks and Recreation Director

The City of Cedar Rapids has named Hashim Taylor as the City’s new Parks and Recreation Director. In his new role, Taylor will provide leadership and direction to the Parks and Recreation department staff, overseeing parks, recreation, forestry, golf, aquatics, Ushers Ferry, and administration for the department. Read More

December 28, 2021 Snowflakes on a blue background

Important Changes to Snow-Clearing Requirements for Sidewalks Take Effect in Cedar Rapids this Winter

After a storm ends, property owners have 24 hours to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice accumulations. This is reduced from the previous 48 hour timeframe in effect last year. Learn more about changes to the municipal code. Read More

December 22, 2021 City recycling truck picks up a CURBY cart

Holiday Garbage Collection Refresher

There will be NO DELAY in garbage collection during the weeks of the Christmas and New Year holidays this year. Find some more holiday collection tips. Read More

December 03, 2021 trail-closed-web

Portions of Sac & Fox Trail to Close for Indian Creek Waterway Cleanup

Portions of the Sac & Fox Trail will close beginning Monday, December 13. Contractors will be cleaning up and removing debris and trees damaged in the August 2020 derecho along the Indian Creek waterway. The first section to close is from the Bertram Road railroad bridge (at the confluence of Indian Creek and the Cedar River) to the intersection of the trail with Mount Vernon Road. Read More

December 02, 2021 Broadband project logo

City Encourages Participation in Broadband Analysis

The City of Cedar Rapids has launched a community broadband survey to understand the unique broadband landscape of Cedar Rapids. The project is critical to identifying key issues associated with Internet use for small businesses and residents in Cedar Rapids. The survey can be accessed at https://crgis.cedar-rapids.org/SpeedTest/index.html. A dashboard with results from participants is available at: https://cr-broadband-crgis.hub.arcgis.com/. Read More

November 19, 2021 Police K9 Mac-2021

Cedar Rapids Police Department's K9 Mac to get donation of body armor

Cedar Rapids Police Department’s K9 Mac will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Mac’s vest is sponsored by The Human Society of the United States. Read More

November 17, 2021 CRPD-Santa-Cop-Event

Santa Cop Assists Foster Children with Winter Necessities

The Cedar Rapids Police Protective Charity (CRPPC) is hosting their annual Cops & Kids Santa Cop event on Monday, November 22.  CRPD employees will be shopping with approximately 100 children in our community for winter clothing such as coats, boots and mittens.  This year’s event will focus on families who have foster care and adopted children in their homes.  Read More

November 03, 2021 A Cedar Rapids Utilities customer makes an online bill payment using a smart phone.

City of Cedar Rapids Launches New Secure, Convenient, Online Utility Payment System

An improved payment experience will allow utilities customers to pay faster, more conveniently, and with more options. Read More

November 03, 2021 Alliant Energy LightLine map

ConnectCR Pedestrian Bridge Named Alliant Energy LightLine™

Cedar Rapids City officials, ConnectCR partners and Alliant Energy representatives announced today that the new pedestrian bridge, connecting Czech Village and New Bo, will be named the Alliant Energy LightLine™. The name reflects lights designed on the bridge’s rails and pylon that will be powered by Alliant Energy.  Read More

October 28, 2021 Roy Hesesmann receives the Fuller award beside his wife Karen.

Cedar Rapids Utilities Director Recognized with Fuller Award

Roy Hesemann was honored with the George Warren Fuller Award during the annual conference of the American Water Works Association, Iowa Chapter on Wednesday, October 27 in Cedar Rapids.  Read More

October 28, 2021 Tibi-and-Hall

Cedar Rapids Police Department's K9 Tibi to get donation of body armor

Cedar Rapids Police Department’s K9 Tibi will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Tibi’s vest is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed.” Read More

October 26, 2021 Map of Cedar Lake Trail Closure

North Side Portion of Cedar Lake Trail Closed

The southern portion of Cedar Lake Trail was reopened Monday. The northern portion of the trail is now closed and will remain closed for approximately two years for construction of the flood control system. Read More

October 25, 2021 Elo-k9

Cedar Rapids Police Department's K9 Elo to get donation of body armor

Cedar Rapids Police Department’s K9 Elo will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Elo’s vest is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed”. Read More

October 22, 2021 Kirkwood Boulevard Water Tank against the morning sky, the words 'Cedar Rapids' are marked upon the tank.

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the NW quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Read More

October 19, 2021 City-Hall-Mural

Cedar Rapids City Council to Appoint City Attorney

Cedar Rapids City Council will vote to appoint Vanessa R. Chavez as the City’s next City Attorney at a special City Council meeting on October 20, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.  Read More

October 15, 2021 PD badge

49th Basic Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy Graduation

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is pleased to announce the graduation of the 49th Basic Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy. The Graduation Ceremony was held on October 15, 2021 at Ushers Ferry Lodge. Read More

October 11, 2021 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting event

City Inquiring About Trees That Can be Repurposed for Holiday Use

The City’s Forestry division is seeking fir, pine, or spruce trees that owners intend to remove due to the tree growing too large for the space where it was planted, or not being in good enough health to survive. For the past twenty-five years, trees in this condition have been donated to the City as a Christmas tree for Greene Square. Following the derecho, the list of possible trees has been depleted. The City is inquiring if any trees are available for the lighting this year and over the next few years. Eligible trees must be planned for removal due to circumstances that cannot be remedied, be more than 25 feet in height, and located in a spot that is not difficult to access. Read More

October 08, 2021 snow-buddies-news-thumb

Snow Buddies Program Rollout Continues

The program pairs residents in need of assistance with volunteers who can help clear sidewalks of snow and ice accumulations in the winter. Read More

October 07, 2021 Cedar-Lake-news-image

Cedar Rapids Celebrates Beginning of Cedar Lake Improvements

Cedar Rapids City officials and community partners celebrated a milestone in ConnectCR and Flood Control System work during a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday October 7 at 9:30 am. The event recognized the beginning of construction on Cedar Lake improvements -- including both ConnectCR enhancements and a Flood Control levee. Read More

October 05, 2021 PD badge

Cedar Rapids Police Investigators Close 1971 Homicide Cold Case of Maureen Brubaker-Farley

The Cedar Rapids Police Department Cold Case Unit has successfully identified and confirmed suspect George M. Smith in the homicide cold case of Maureen Brubaker-Farley. The body of 17-year old Maureen Brubaker-Farley (DOB 07/04/1954) was found September 24, 1971, in a wooded ravine off Ely Rd SW. Read More

October 05, 2021 12th Avenue Bike Lanes

12th Avenue Lane Reconfiguration

The new configuration accommodates one lane of automobile traffic in each direction and a new permanent bicycle lane in each direction. Read More

September 29, 2021 Cat and dog standing by pumpkin

Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control Spooktacular October Adoption Special

Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control has dogs and cats waiting to help you celebrate the spookiest month of all! From October 1-31, 2021, you can find the pet of your dreams and pay just $50 -- a fraction of the normal adoption fee. Read More

September 28, 2021 Cedar-Lake-news-image

Cedar Lake Groundbreaking Event October 7, 2021

City officials and community partners will mark a milestone in ConnectCR and Flood Control System work during a groundbreaking on Thursday, October 7, 2021. The event will celebrate the beginning of construction on Cedar Lake improvements -- including both ConnectCR enhancements and a Flood Control levee. Read More

September 28, 2021 Coffee-with-a-Cop-logo

Cedar Rapids Police Department Hosts Coffee with a Cop October 6, 2021

The Cedar Rapids Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Dash Coffee, 120 3rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids. All community members are invited to attend this informal event to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. Read More

September 23, 2021 ReLeaf Cedar Rapids logo

ReLeaf Cedar Rapids Makes Progress on Tree Plantings

The City has received eleven grants, for a total of $55,000 from the 2021 Derecho Community Forestry Grant Program (Derecho CFGP). The funds will be used to plant over 400 trees in October and November at multiple public property locations. The plantings will be completed as part of a collaboration between parks and forestry crews, in partnership with community groups including Eagle/Boy Scouts, neighborhood associations, college sports teams and clubs, and other volunteer groups.  Read More

September 20, 2021 CAPRA logo

City of Cedar Rapids Earns National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department joins the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).  Read More

September 20, 2021 CR Community Climate Action logo

City of Cedar Rapids Shares Community Climate Action Plan at Open House Event

The event will be held Tuesday, September 21 under the main entrance awning of the Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library from 4–6 p.m. Read More

September 17, 2021 Flood Control System logo

Floodwall and Floodgate Installation Begin in Czech Village

Starting Monday, September 20, construction will begin in the Czech Village District on a rolling floodgate at 16th Avenue SW. This work extends flood control measures already completed in this area, which includes an earthen flood levee that stretches from the Linn County Solid Waste Agency to 16th Avenue SW. Read More

September 16, 2021 flags-news-image

City of Cedar Rapids Unveiling New City Flag Selected By Community

The City of Cedar Rapids will unveil the new city flag selected by residents on September 18, 2021 at 10:00 am in the Cedar Rapids Public Library downtown location main lobby area. Read More

September 03, 2021 downtown skyline

Atchison Consulting Releases After Action Report of City of Cedar Rapids Derecho Response

The City of Cedar Rapids contracted with Atchison Consulting to provide a strategic, third-party review of the City of Cedar Rapids response to the derecho. Through data collection, analysis, and engagement efforts, the “After Action Report,” or AAR allows the City to understand disaster response strengths and areas for improvements. Read More

August 31, 2021 Road-construction-closed-sign

City Monitoring Flood Stage

The Cedar River is projected to crest below minor flood stage, with no impacts anticipated for the general public. Read More

August 27, 2021 Exterior field photo at Tait Cummins Softball Complex

Cedar Rapids to Host Pohnpei Liberation Day Tournament

The City of Cedar Rapids will host 55 softball teams with players from the South Pacific islands including Guam, Hawaii, and the Federated States of Micronesia. A tournament celebrating Pohnpei Liberation Day, an official holiday in the Micronesian state of Pohnpei, will be held September 4 and 5, with opening ceremonies held on September 3. Read More

August 25, 2021 A water tank marked with the words Cedar Rapids cuts across an empty sky

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the SW quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Read More

August 22, 2021 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the NE quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Read More

August 19, 2021 Photo of Five Seasons Plaza Park

Public Invited to ReLeaf Update and Tree Care Workshop Series

The City of Cedar Rapids and Trees Forever invite the public to participate in a ReLeaf Plan Update on Wednesday, August 25, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at Whipple Auditorium at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Avenue SE. Tree care workshops for homeowners will follow on August 30, 31 and September 16. Read More

August 12, 2021 Tree-Close-Up

City Invites Public Input as Part of Visual Arts Master Plan

The City of Cedar Rapids invites public input in the creation of a Visual Arts Master Plan. The Visual Arts Master Plan will use input from residents and stakeholders to define a vision for the City’s public art program. Read More

August 06, 2021 tree logo

Art Project Offers Healing, Reflection After Derecho

The community is invited to join with friends, family, and neighbors for a special art event that brings together creativity and mental health awareness. Read More

August 06, 2021 Image showing the area beneath the surface of the street where a water line connects the water main and a residential property.

City Seeks Property Owners' Assistance Updating Water Service-Line Records

An updated citywide inventory is required under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s recently revised Lead-Copper rule. To better manage resources and costs, the CRWD is asking for help from residents and business owners to identify private water service-line material. Read More

August 05, 2021 tree logo

American Rescue Plan Act Funding Allocation

The City of Cedar Rapids, in partnership with the Housing Fund for Linn County, announced today plans for allocating $1 million of funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) toward the PATCH housing program.  Read More

August 03, 2021 Rendering of COVID-19 virus with RNA strand in background

City Modifies Protocols Following Updated CDC Guidance